oa Curationis - Orthopaedic patients' perceptions about their pre-operative information : research article
|Article Title||Orthopaedic patients' perceptions about their pre-operative information : research article|
|Affiliations||1 University of South Africa and 2 University of South Africa|
|Publication Date||Dec 2009|
|Pages||55 - 60|
|Keyword(s)||Orthopaedic patients, Patients' perceptions and Pre-operative information|
A non-experimental, descriptive and quantitative survey was conducted to explore orthopaedic patients' perceptions about the pre-operative information received when undergoing elective surgery in two hospitals in the KwaZulu-Natal Province. The findings indicate that most patients perceived the pre-operative information to be useful in their preparation for surgery. Aspects that were not addressed during pre-operative information sessions included post-operative nutrition, pain medication, ambulation, deep breathing and coughing exercises. The recommendations include that all these aspects should be addressed in future pre-operative education sessions. Further research should be conducted for enhancing the pre-operative information provided to patients scheduled to undergo elective orthopaedic surgery.
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