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Patterns of changes in patients' postoperative recovery from a short-term perspective
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences, Nursing Care.
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences, Health and Rehabilitation.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1682-8326
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences, Nursing Care.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3400-323X
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences, Nursing Care.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6244-6401
2018 (English)In: Journal of Perianesthesia Nursing, ISSN 1089-9472, E-ISSN 1532-8473, Vol. 33, no 2, p. 188-199Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose

To explore patterns of changes in patients' postoperative recovery over 1 month within different surgery groups.

Design

A quantitative longitudinal survey design was used.

Methods

A standardized questionnaire was used (N = 167 patients); the postoperative recovery profile for self-assessment of recovery. The postoperative recovery profile developed for hospitalized patients contains 17 items distributed over five dimensions: physical symptoms, physical function, psychological function, social function, and activity.

Findings

Overall, orthopaedic patients perceived a lower recovery than general surgery patients. All major surgery groups and subgroups except for joint replacement patients indicated significant systematic changes toward lower levels of problems. The orthopaedic patients assessed their psychological functioning as impaired, and the gastric bypass group was the most recovered.

Conclusions

The patients' expectations should be charted initially, and patients should be given realistic information to achieve a realistic hope for a good life in the future. A patient's recovery trajectory may not start after the surgery is completed. Rather, it has already commenced before surgery.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier, 2018. Vol. 33, no 2, p. 188-199
Keywords [en]
recovery, changes, patterns, orthopaedic, general surgery, acute, elective
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Nursing Physiotherapy
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Nursing; Physiotherapy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-6209DOI: 10.1016/j.jopan.2016.03.015ISI: 000429206400011Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85016440739Local ID: 467eea8e-597d-4be8-ba67-c88956f488e9OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-6209DiVA, id: diva2:979086
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Validerad;2018;Nivå 2;2018-04-06 (rokbeg)

Available from: 2016-09-29 Created: 2016-09-29 Last updated: 2018-04-26Bibliographically approved

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