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Curationis vol.32 n.4 Pretoria  2009




Orthopaedic patients' perceptions about their pre-operative information



C ChettyI; VJ EhlersII

IM Cur (Unisa). Lecturer, King Edward viii Nursing College and M Cur graduate, Department of Health Studies, University of South Africa
IID Litt et Phil (Unisa). Professor, Department of Health Studies, University of South Africa





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 preoperative 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.

Key words: patients' perceptions, pre-operative information, orthopaedic patients



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