The effect of pre-admission education on domiciliary recovery following laparoscopic cholecystectomy

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Journal Article
Australian Journal of Advanced Nursing, 2005, 22 (4), pp. 14 - 19
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Objectives: The objectives of this randomised controlled study were to determine if pre-admission patient education affects post-operative pain levels, domiciliary self-care capacity and patient recall following a laparoscopic cholecystectomy (LC). Participants were randomised to receive the standard preadmission program (SP) or an individualised, education intervention (EI). Design: A pre-operative questionnaire was administered in the pre-admission clinic to determine participants' knowledge of LC and post-operative management. Telephone follow-up and post-operative questionnaire were conducted approximately 14 days post discharge. Setting: Preadmission clinic of a Sydney, Australia, tertiary referral hospital. Sample: Ninety-three elective LC patients. Results: EI participants experienced lower pain levels and had significantly greater recall of provided information. However, no significant differences were found between the control and intervention groups for domiciliary self-care. Conclusion: Pre-admission education intervention helps reduce post-operative pain levels following LC and significantly increases patients' knowledge of self-care and complication management.
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