June 2017
Volume 58, Issue 8
Open Access
ARVO Annual Meeting Abstract  |   June 2017
Association between mental stress and the level of experience of retina surgeons. Pilot study
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Ismael Avila - Lule
    ASOCIACION PARA EVITAR LA CEGUERA EN MEXICO, Mexico City, Mexico
  • David Ancona-Lezama
    ASOCIACION PARA EVITAR LA CEGUERA EN MEXICO, Mexico City, Mexico
  • Carlos Valdez - Lara
    ASOCIACION PARA EVITAR LA CEGUERA EN MEXICO, Mexico City, Mexico
  • Paulina Tolosa Tort
    ASOCIACION PARA EVITAR LA CEGUERA EN MEXICO, Mexico City, Mexico
  • Adrian Soto - Mota
    Instituto Nacional de Ciencias Medicas y Nutricion Salvador Zubiran, Mexico city, Mexico
  • Andres Lisker-Cervantes
    ASOCIACION PARA EVITAR LA CEGUERA EN MEXICO, Mexico City, Mexico
  • Feria Estephania
    ASOCIACION PARA EVITAR LA CEGUERA EN MEXICO, Mexico City, Mexico
  • Virgilio Morales-Canton
    ASOCIACION PARA EVITAR LA CEGUERA EN MEXICO, Mexico City, Mexico
  • Footnotes
    Commercial Relationships   Ismael Avila - Lule, None; David Ancona-Lezama, None; Carlos Valdez - Lara, None; Paulina Tolosa Tort, None; Adrian Soto - Mota, None; Andres Lisker-Cervantes, None; Feria Estephania, None; Virgilio Morales-Canton, None
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Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science June 2017, Vol.58, 2827. doi:
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      Ismael Avila - Lule, David Ancona-Lezama, Carlos Valdez - Lara, Paulina Tolosa Tort, Adrian Soto - Mota, Andres Lisker-Cervantes, Feria Estephania, Virgilio Morales-Canton; Association between mental stress and the level of experience of retina surgeons. Pilot study. Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci. 2017;58(8):2827.

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Abstract

Purpose : To determine the difference between stress parameters (subjective and objective) per surgical experience degree.

Methods : The surgeons were classified in two groups according to their experience: “Experts” comprehended by physicians affiliated to the retina service who had an experience of more than 50 macular surgeries; “fellows” formed by second year retina subspecialist who had an experience of less than 50 macular surgeries. Prior to surgery, the surgeons answered the presurgical STAI questionnaire; then, they were delivered a polar chest strap which was synchronized to the HRV Elite app. When the surgical procedure was concluded, the evaluated surgeon answered a postsurgical STAI questionnaire no later than 15 minutes after surgery. Statistical analysis was made using Student-t distribution for independent samples with 2-tailed significance and p <0.05.

Results : The analysis of the minimum heart rate did not show statistically significant differences. Maximum heart rate was statistically significant (p=0.02). During the subjective stress test, some significant differences among the two groups in the “presurgical state” (p=0.03) and the “postsurgical state” (p=0.01) were found.

Conclusions : The surgeon’s experience was reflected showing a difference between the subjective and the objective stress. In both groups, the subjective stress level decreased when the surgery was concluded.

This is an abstract that was submitted for the 2017 ARVO Annual Meeting, held in Baltimore, MD, May 7-11, 2017.

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