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Day surgery patients perceptions of risk: a qualitative research study

Mottram, Anne 2012, 'Day surgery patients perceptions of risk: a qualitative research study' , Ambulatory Surgery: Journal of International Association of Ambulatory Surgery, 17 (4) , pp. 69-73.

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Abstract

Aim: The aim of the study was to gain new insight into the perceptions of day surgery patients. Method: 145 patients aged 18-70 years and 100 carers were recruited from the pre-operative assessment clinics in 2 public hospitals in the United Kingdom. They participated in semi-structured interviews on 3 occasions over a two year period. Findings: Patients’ preferred day surgery because they saw it as a form of risk management. Fears of cross-infection and neglect in in-patient care generated by high profile press reports made them believe day surgery was a less risky option for surgical care. They also needed “to have a say” in their treatment options especially in relation to anaesthesia. Conclusion: Patients are no longer passive recipients of health care but wish to have a say in their treatment options. Risk is linked to trust so day surgery personnel must ensure that full information, welcoming attitude and pleasant environment is presented to patients.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Health and Wellbeing
Schools: Colleges and Schools
Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care > School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences > Centre for Nursing, Midwifery & Social Work Research
Journal or Publication Title: Ambulatory Surgery: Journal of International Association of Ambulatory Surgery
Publisher: International Association of Ambulatory Surgery
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0966-6532
Depositing User: A Mottram
Date Deposited: 17 Apr 2012 08:44
Last Modified: 24 Jul 2014 12:27
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/21090

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