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Perceptions about traditional and novel methods to learn about post-operative pain management: - a qualitative study.
Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies. University of Iceland, Reykjavik, Iceland.
University of Iceland, Reykjavik, Iceland.
Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, Division of Nursing Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.
Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Cardiology. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.
2016 (English)In: Journal of Advanced Nursing, ISSN 0309-2402, E-ISSN 1365-2648Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

Aim: To explore the perceptions of surgical patients about traditional and novel methods to learn about post-operative pain management.Background: Patient education is an important part of post-operative care. Contemporary technology offers new ways for patients to learn about self-care, although face-to-face discussions and brochures are the most common methods of delivering education in nursing practice.Design: A qualitative design with a vignette and semi-structured interviews used for data collection.Methods: A purposeful sample of 13 post-surgical patients, who had been discharged from hospital, was recruited during 2013 - 2014. The patients were given a vignette about anticipated hospital discharge after surgery with four different options for communication (face-to-face, brochure, website, serious game) to learn about post-operative pain management. They were asked to rank their preferred method of learning and thereafter to reflect on their choices. Data were analysed using an inductive content analysis approach.Findings: Patients preferred face-to-face education with a nurse, followed by brochures and websites, while games were least preferred. Two categories, each with two sub-categories, emerged from the data. These conceptualised the factors affecting patients' perceptions: 1) 'Trusting the source', sub-categorised into 'Being familiar with the method' and 'Having own prejudgments'; and 2) 'Being motivated to learn' sub-categorised into 'Managing an impaired cognition' and 'Aspiring for increased knowledge'.Conclusion: In order to implement successfully novel educational methods into post-operative care, healthcare professionals need to be aware of the factors influencing patients' perceptions abouthow to learn, such as trust and motivation.

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Wiley-Blackwell, 2016.
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Content analysis; educational methods; nursing; patient education; patient learning; post-operative self-care; vignettes
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Nursing
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-129199DOI: 10.1111/jan.13021PubMedID: 27205900OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-129199DiVA: diva2:936071
Available from: 2016-06-13 Created: 2016-06-13 Last updated: 2016-07-08

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