Introduction: Given that there is currently no clear plan to fill patients' waiting times and no attention is paid to this period, the researchers decided to conduct a study on the relationship between preoperative waiting time and anxiety and vital signs in active patients. Candidate for general surgery to be the basis for further studies and proper planning for preoperative waiting time in surgical wards.
Material and Methods: This study was a descriptive study that was conducted during 2018 with the participation of 100 patients undergoing elective surgery (laparotomy and laparoscopy) in Imam Reza Hospital (Tabriz University of Medical Sciences). The waiting time for surgery and its relationship with patients' anxiety (Spielberger Anxiety Inventory) were assessed.
Results: There was a statistically significant relationship between the type of surgery and anxiety (p=0.001), meaning that the number of people who were candidates for laparoscopic surgery was higher than the hernia and laparotomy surgery groups. Using correlation tests, it was found that there is no statistically significant relationship between age and anxiety (p=0.071)
Conclusion: The results of the present study showed anxiety in all samples of the study before surgery and there was a statistically significant relationship between the time before surgery and patients' anxiety.