Surgical patients' information needs on discharge: are they being met?

Henderson, Amanda and Phillips, Sandy (1996) Surgical patients' information needs on discharge: are they being met?. International Journal of Nursing Practice, 2 229-235. doi:10.1111/j.1440-172X.1996.tb00057.x


Author Henderson, Amanda
Phillips, Sandy
Title Surgical patients' information needs on discharge: are they being met?
Journal name International Journal of Nursing Practice   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1322-7114
1440-172X
Publication date 1996-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1440-172X.1996.tb00057.x
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 2
Start page 229
End page 235
Place of publication Richmond, VIC, Australia
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
Language eng
Abstract Increasingly patients are being encouraged to participate more in their health care. Patients are being discharged earlier; therefore their need for information may potentially increase if they are to be involved in their care. This study explored the information that patients received prior to their discharge and, through follow-up interviews after their return home, investigated the usefulnees of the information provided. Only 11 of a total 20 patients (55%) routinely received discharge information. This information was not solicited and its content was ad hoc. Nine patients (45%) did not routinely receive discharge information. If these patients need information they had to ask for it. Despite the lack of comprehensive discharge information for the 20 surgical patients, the majority of patients (75%) did not access services after discharge. Only one of the five patients who did seek advice was in need of further medical intervention. The remaining four required further information so that they could be reassured. These findings emphasize the need for further research on the type and extent of information required by patients on their return home so that they can effectively participate in their recovery.
Keyword Early discharge
Patient information
Surgery
Nursing
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown
Additional Notes Originally published as Henderson, Amanda and Phillips, Sandy (1996) Surgical patients' information needs on discharge: Are they being met?. International Journal of Nursing Practice 2:229-235. Copyright Blackwell Publishing 1996. All rights reserved.

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work Publications
 
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