Preoperative anxiety can increase stress and cause complications for patients who have upcoming surgery. This project evaluated the effectiveness of an educational intervention of a 4-minute video and opportunity to ask questions after had on the patient’s preoperative anxiety levels prior to radical cystectomy with ileal conduit creation surgery. This project had a small sample size of 5 but found that the educational intervention did create a significant decrease in the average anxiety score reported by the patients scheduled for radical cystectomy with ileal conduit creation surgery (p=0.018). It is unclear whether the intervention itself or the extra time spent with the patient for answering questions and discussion was the reason for the decrease in anxiety.

Keywords: anxiety, preoperative anxiety, cystectomy, bladder cancer, education intervention, visual anxiety scale.

Document Type

Scholarly Project

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Level of Degree


First Advisor

Sharon Schaaf DNP PhD