University of Oulu

Mira Rajala, Pirjo Kaakinen, Merja Fordell, Maria Kääriäinen. The Quality of Patient Education in Day Surgery by Adult Patients, Journal of PeriAnesthesia Nursing, Volume 33, Issue 2, 177–187, ISSN 1089-9472,

The quality of patient education in day surgery by adult patients

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Author: Rajala, Mira1,2; Kaakinen, Pirjo1,3; Fordell, Merja4;
Organizations: 1Research Unit of Nursing Science and Health Management, Faculty of Medicine, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
2Oulu University Hospital, Finland
3Medical Research Center Oulu, Finland
4Surgery and Intensive Care Accountable Unit, Oulu University Hospital, Northern Ostrobothnia Hospital District, Finland
5Northern Ostrobothnia Hospital District, Oulu, Finland
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Version: accepted version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Elsevier, 2017
Publish Date: 2017-10-30


Purpose: The purpose of the study was to describe the quality of patient education in day surgery as evaluated by adult patients.

Design: Descriptive design using survey methodology.

Methods: The data were collected by questionnaire and measured the quality and implementation of education resources for day surgery patients (n = 600) in a university hospital. The data were analyzed statistically using basic and multivariate methods.

Findings: The implementation of patient education has been done in a patient-centered and goal-oriented way by half of respondents. Most respondents (81%) were satisfied with the interaction in patient education. The education resources were reported as good by 77% of respondents.

Conclusions: Health care staff should assess for the presence of anxiety as a barrier to the comprehension of information. In developing patient education, the professional expertise and skills of health care staff in educating patients should be used.

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Series: Journal of perianesthesia nursing
ISSN: 1089-9472
ISSN-E: 1532-8473
ISSN-L: 1089-9472
Volume: 33
Issue: 2
Pages: 177 - 187
DOI: 10.1016/j.jopan.2016.02.013
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 316 Nursing
Copyright information: © 2016 by American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses. This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license