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Cultural and psychological determinants of pain assessment during lower limb angioplasty

Michał-Goran Stanišić, Teresa Rzepa, Jarosław Nakonieczny, Przemysław Kubaszewski, Maciej Putowski, Marta Popek, Athanasios Liougkos
DOI: 10.5603/AA.2018.0002
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Acta Angiologica 2018;24(1):9-13.

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Vol 24, No 1 (2018)
Artykuły
Published online: 2018-04-12

Abstract

Introduction. It is a common unofficial perception of surgeons performing endovascular operations that
patients living in the different social and economic environment assess pain differently during peripheral angioplasty
procedures.
The objective was to examine the differences in assessing pain experienced during endovascular arterial interventions
on lower limbs, by Polish and German patients, and to analyse the psychological determinants of the
assumed differences, by referring to mental dispositions such as optimism and satisfaction with own life quality.

Material and methods. 101 patients were qualified for endovascular intervention on lower limbs arteries
— 51 Germans (M = 67.31; SD = 9.82) and 50 Poles (age M = 67.88; SD = 8.4). 37 women and 64
men were classified as Rutherford category 2–3.
Three scales were applied:
1. Life Orientation Test-Revised
2. Satisfaction With Life Scale
3. Pain Appraisal Scale which comprises emoticons showing subsequent degrees of sustained pain and the
corresponding Visual Analogue Scale.

Results. The patients from Poland graded their life quality lower than the German patients (M = 23.44; SD
= 5.977 and M = 25.94; SD = 5.584). The Poles presented a lower level of optimism (M = 15.04; SD =
3.703 vs M = 15.8; SD = 3.516). The Polish patients classified the level of pain during lower limb angioplasty
as higher than in German patients (M = 4.22; SD = 2.999 and M = 2.88; SD = 2.215) (p < 0.012).

Conclusions. Resistance to pain experienced during endovascular procedures probably depends on the
assessment of the patient’s current life situation, determined by satisfaction with own life quality and related
optimism. With great caution, it might also be supposed that resistance to pain depends on the life standard
typical of a given population

Abstract

Introduction. It is a common unofficial perception of surgeons performing endovascular operations that
patients living in the different social and economic environment assess pain differently during peripheral angioplasty
procedures.
The objective was to examine the differences in assessing pain experienced during endovascular arterial interventions
on lower limbs, by Polish and German patients, and to analyse the psychological determinants of the
assumed differences, by referring to mental dispositions such as optimism and satisfaction with own life quality.

Material and methods. 101 patients were qualified for endovascular intervention on lower limbs arteries
— 51 Germans (M = 67.31; SD = 9.82) and 50 Poles (age M = 67.88; SD = 8.4). 37 women and 64
men were classified as Rutherford category 2–3.
Three scales were applied:
1. Life Orientation Test-Revised
2. Satisfaction With Life Scale
3. Pain Appraisal Scale which comprises emoticons showing subsequent degrees of sustained pain and the
corresponding Visual Analogue Scale.

Results. The patients from Poland graded their life quality lower than the German patients (M = 23.44; SD
= 5.977 and M = 25.94; SD = 5.584). The Poles presented a lower level of optimism (M = 15.04; SD =
3.703 vs M = 15.8; SD = 3.516). The Polish patients classified the level of pain during lower limb angioplasty
as higher than in German patients (M = 4.22; SD = 2.999 and M = 2.88; SD = 2.215) (p < 0.012).

Conclusions. Resistance to pain experienced during endovascular procedures probably depends on the
assessment of the patient’s current life situation, determined by satisfaction with own life quality and related
optimism. With great caution, it might also be supposed that resistance to pain depends on the life standard
typical of a given population

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Keywords

lower limb angioplasty, pain measurement, social determinants

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Title

Cultural and psychological determinants of pain assessment during lower limb angioplasty

Journal

Acta Angiologica

Issue

Vol 24, No 1 (2018)

Pages

9-13

Published online

2018-04-12

DOI

10.5603/AA.2018.0002

Bibliographic record

Acta Angiologica 2018;24(1):9-13.

Keywords

lower limb angioplasty
pain measurement
social determinants

Authors

Michał-Goran Stanišić
Teresa Rzepa
Jarosław Nakonieczny
Przemysław Kubaszewski
Maciej Putowski
Marta Popek
Athanasios Liougkos

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