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Comparative study of pain perception in outpatient hysteroscopy analyzing previous orientation by multimedia

Walter Antônio Prata Pace, Ana Luiza Loiola Pace, Andréa Alves Morato, Francisco de Assis Nunes Pereira, Gabriela Loiola Pace, João Oscar de Almeida Falcão Junior

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Objectives: To evaluate the impact of previous guidance on the hysteroscopy exam using multimedia resources (film) compared to verbal orientations only, on the pain intensity perceived by the patient during hysteroscopy without anesthesia. Methods: Randomized clinical trial, which included 187 women, who were referred for hysteroscopy. The patients in the experimental group (89) watched an explanatory video just before the exam. The control group (98), however, received only routine verbal guidance about the exam. The degree of pain perceived by all patients was measured 1 and 5 minutes after the procedure using Visual Analog Scale. Results: In the experimental group, 1 minute after the examination, 29.2% of the patients reported mild pain, 24.7% moderate pain and 46.1% severe pain. In the control group, 28.6% of the patients reported mild pain, 29.6% moderate pain and 41.8% severe pain. In the analysis 5 minutes after the examination of the experimental group 60.7% of the patients reported mild pain, 28.1% moderate pain and 11.2% severe pain and the control group 62.3% of the patients reported mild pain, 26.5% moderate pain and 11.2% severe pain. Conclusions: The study was not able to demonstrate the relationship of pain perceived by patients with prior multimedia orientation, thus that, more studies are needed.


hysteroscopy; pain measurement; anxiety; pain perception; gynecology.


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