Pre-operative patient teaching in an acute care ward in Hong Kong: A case study
Many nurses have acknowledged that adequate pre-operative teaching can alleviate patients’ anxiety, increase patient participation in their own care, and minimize post-operative complications. However, the organization and degree to which pre-operative patient teaching featured in nurses’ practice varies in different acute care settings. A case study design was used to explore the practice of pre-operative teaching in a surgical ward of an acute general hospital in Hong Kong. Seventeen registered nurses working on the ward were interviewed and observed in order to explore how they conduct a pre-operative teaching program and the difficulties encountered by them in carrying out pre-operative teaching on this acute care setting. The findings of this study indicate that pre-operative teaching workshops are organized and conducted by nurses from the operating theatre, in the day surgery center. Ward nurses were not actively involved in this pre-operative teaching. The results of this study present some similarities to a study with the similar design in Australia. There are also issues unique to the Hong Kong context. This case study was to review Hong Kong nurses’ current practices of pre-operative teaching and to understand the cultural, conceptual and management factors influencing the practice in pre-operative teaching.
PRE2009-Clinical Nursing: Secondary (Acute Care)