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Orthopaedic patients’ perceptions about their pre-operative information

C. Chetty, V.J. Ehlers
Curationis | Vol 32, No 4 | a992 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/curationis.v32i4.992 | © 2009 C. Chetty, V.J. Ehlers | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 28 September 2009 | Published: 28 September 2009

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C. Chetty, King Edward viii Nursing College and M Cur graduate, Department of Health Studies, University of South Africa, South Africa
V.J. Ehlers, Department of Health Studies, University of South Africa, South Africa

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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.


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