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Experiences of the postoperative recovery process: an interview study
Örebro University, Department of Clinical Medicine.
Örebro University, Department of Nursing and Caring Sciences.
Örebro University, Department of Clinical Medicine.
2008 (English)In: The open nursing journal, ISSN 1874-4346, Vol. 2, 1-7 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Few researchers have described postoperative recovery from a broad, overall perspective. In this article the authors describe a study focusing on patient and staff experiences of postoperative recovery using a qualitative descriptive design to obtain a description of the phenomenon. They performed 10 individual interviews with patients who had undergone abdominal or gynecological surgery and 7 group interviews with registered nurses working on surgical and gynecological wards and in primary care centers, surgeons from surgical and gynecological departments, and in-patients from a gynecological ward. The authors analyzed data using qualitative content analysis. Postoperative recovery is described as a Dynamic Process in an Endeavour to Continue With Everyday Life. This theme was further highlighted by the categories Experiences of the core of recovery and Experiences of factors influencing recovery. Knowledge from this study will help caregivers support patients during their recovery from surgery.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Bentham Science Publishers Ltd , 2008. Vol. 2, 1-7 p.
Keyword [en]
postoperative, recovery, experience, interview, content analysis
National Category
Surgery Medical and Health Sciences
Research subject
Surgery
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-8080OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-8080DiVA: diva2:241632
Available from: 2009-10-05 Created: 2009-10-05 Last updated: 2011-05-03Bibliographically approved
In thesis
1. Postoperative recovery: development of a multi-dimensional questionnaire for assessment of Recovery
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Postoperative recovery: development of a multi-dimensional questionnaire for assessment of Recovery
2009 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This thesis aims to present a multi-dimensional instrument for self-assessment of progress in postoperative recovery. The author employs different research paradigms and methodologies to achieve this aim.

Walker and Avant’s approach to concept analysis was used to examine the basic elements of postoperative recovery (Study I). The analysis identified different recovery dimensions and developed a theoretical definition showing postoperative recovery to be an energy-requiring process of returning to normality and wholeness, defined by comparative standards.

Fourteen patients and 28 staff members participated in individual and focus group interviews aimed at describing patient and staff experiences of patient recovery (Study II). The essence of the postoperative recovery process was described as a desire to decrease unpleasant physical symptoms, reach a level of emotional wellbeing, regain functions, and re-establish activities.

In Study III, 5 dimensions and 19 items were identified as a part of the operationalization process of the concept postoperative recovery. Fifteen staff members and 16 patients participated in the evaluation of content validity. On average, 85% of the participants considered the items as essential to the recovery process. In a test run of the questionnaire, 14 of 15 patients considered the questionnaire to be easy to understand and easy to complete. Twenty-five patients participated in the evaluation of intra-patient reliability. Percentage agreement (PA), systematic disagreement (RP, RC), and individual variability (RV) between the two assessments were calculated. PA measures ranged from 72% to 100%. The observed disagreement could be explained mainly by systematic disagreement.

In total, 158 patients participated in the evaluation of construct validity, the ability to discriminate between groups, and the investigation of important item variables (Study IV). A rank-based statistical method for evaluation of paired, ordered categorical data from rating scales was used to evaluate consistency between the assessments of the Postoperative Recovery Profile (PRP) questionnaire and a global recovery scale. The number of months needed by participants to be regarded as fully recovered was studied by means of recovery profiles displayed by the cumulative proportion of recovered participants over time. A ranking list based on the participant’s appraisal of the five most important item variables in the PRP questionnaire was compiled to illustrate the rank ordering of the items. In comparing the assessments from the PRP questionnaire and the global recovery scale, 7.6% of all possible pairs were disordered. Twelve months after discharge 73% in the orthopaedic group were regarded as fully recovered, compared to 51% of the participants in the abdominal group (95% CI: 6% to 40%). The pain variable appeared among the top five most important items on eight measurement occasions, of eight possible, in both study groups.

In conclusion, the PRP questionnaire was developed and support was given for validity and reliability. The questionnaire enables one to evaluate progress in postoperative recovery.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Örebro: Örebro universitet, 2009. 73 p.
Series
Örebro Studies in Medicine, ISSN 1652-4063 ; 32
Keyword
Concept analysis, experiences, postoperative recovery, questionnaire, recovery profile, reliability, validity
National Category
Surgery
Research subject
Surgery
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-7731 (URN)978-91-7668-678-2 (ISBN)
Public defence
2009-09-25, Wilandersalen, Universitetssjukhuset, Örebro, 13:00 (Swedish)
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Available from: 2009-08-25 Created: 2009-08-25 Last updated: 2011-05-03Bibliographically approved

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