A Study Of The Impact Of Discharge Information For Surgical Patients

Henderson, Amanda and Zernike, Wendy (2001) A Study Of The Impact Of Discharge Information For Surgical Patients. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 33 3: 435-441.

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Author Henderson, Amanda
Zernike, Wendy
Title A Study Of The Impact Of Discharge Information For Surgical Patients
Journal name Journal of Advanced Nursing
Publication date 2001-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status File (Author Post-print)
Volume 33
Issue 3
Start page 435
End page 441
Subject 320000 Medical and Health Sciences
321103 Clinical Nursing - Secondary (Acute Care)
321029 Surgery
321001 Anaesthesiology
321100 Nursing
320100 Medicine - General
Abstract AIM OF THE STUDY: To establish whether the routine information surgical patients receive about the management of pain and wound care during their hospitalization is sufficient for them to care for themselves without seeking assistance from a health professional or health care agency. BACKGROUND: While there has been considerable evidence suggesting cost benefits of discharge information the health care environment is constantly changing. Contemporary issues such as increased patient participation, extensive use of technology, reduction in health care expenditure, and greater awareness of consumer rights necessitate further inquiry into the appropriateness of discharge information. METHOD: One hundred and fifty-eight adult patients discharged within a week of their operation participated in the study. A written questionnaire was distributed within 24 hours prior to discharge and a telephone interview conducted 1 to 2 weeks after discharge. At the time of discharge the majority of patients had received information. FINDINGS: Those patients who had received information were less likely to access a health facility than those who had not received information. However, the telephone interview, revealed that there was no evidence that patients who believed they were well informed within 24 hours of discharge about the management of their wound, still felt well informed 1 to 2 weeks later. CONCLUSION: Nurses need to be aware that patients who leave the hospital with little or no discharge information may not be confident in the management of their health condition and therefore may access a health facility, if even just for reassurance.
Keyword nursing
wound care
pain relief
patient information
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown
Additional Notes PMID: 11489029 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

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