Learning Needs of Patients and Their Caregivers After Ambulatory Surgery
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CitationGuven, B., Ibrahimoglu, O., & Elbuken, B. (2020). Learning needs of patients and their caregivers after ambulatory surgery. Journal of Perianesthesia Nursing, 35(3), 283-287. doi:10.1016/j.jopan.2019.10.012
Purpose: The purpose of this study was to determine the learning needs of ambulatory surgery patients and their caregivers. Design: The study was a cross-sectional and descriptive survey. Methods: The study was conducted between July 2017 and March 2018 in the outpatient units of a training and research hospital in Istanbul, Turkey. The sample consisted of 117 patients and caregivers dyads. The instruments included a Patient Information Form and the Patient Learning Needs Scale (PLNS). Findings: The mean total PLNS scores of ambulatory surgery patients were 193.54 ± 35.46 and that of the patient's caregivers was 199.88 ± 31.84. The highest mean PLNS subscale for patients and caregivers was treatment and complications. As the PLNS scores of the patients increase, the scores of the caregivers also increase. Conclusions: The learning needs of ambulatory surgery patients and their caregivers are high. Patients and caregivers must be well informed and well prepared to cope with possible problems at home.