A study to assess the level of anxiety among intensive care unit patients
Karpagam K and Subash A
The World Health Organization (WHO) takes a more holistic view of health. Its constitution defines health as a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. The ability to lead a socially and economically productive life (WHO, 1948). This definition reflects concern for the individual as a total person functioning physically, psychologically, and socially. So the present study aims to assess the level of anxiety among Intensive Care Unit patients. A quantitative approach with descriptive research design was adopted to conduct the study among 60 Intensive Care Unit patients who were selected by convenience sampling technique. Semi-structured interview method was used to collect the demographic data and the level of anxiety was assessed among Intensive Care Unit patients with Hamilton Anxiety Scale by structured questionnaire. The results of the study shows that among 60 samples the out of 60 samples 21(35%) members had mild anxiety, 22(36.7%) members had moderate level of anxiety, 17(28.3%) members had severe level of anxiety. This study proves that a study to assess level of anxiety among Intensive Care Unit Patients is effective method to prevent any other psychiatric complication during patient admitted in the ICU and to provide the better quality of life to Intensive Care Unit Patients.