Nursing research into modern day surgery: a literature review

Mitchell, MJ ORCID: 2007, 'Nursing research into modern day surgery: a literature review' , Ambulatory Surgery Journal, 13 (4) , pp. 95-105.

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Aim: The aim of this review was to examine the present scope and direction of nursing research into day surgery in order to gain insight into possible future surgical nursing intervention in a rapidly changing healthcare environment. Background: Elective surgical healthcare is changing rapidly. This process has witnessed modern surgical nursing being progressively replaced by devolved medical practices with little or no implementation of interventions based solely upon nursing evidence. Without nursing research into ambulatory surgery and the subsequent knowledge it can provide, such a bias towards the adoption of devolved medical practices will inevitably continue. A review of research activity undertaken by the Nursing profession regarding day surgery was therefore required to aid the promotion and development of nursing based evidence in modern, elective surgery. Method: Relevant literature was gained from topical bibliographical databases (MEDLINE, CINAHL, British Nursing Index and Archive, Applied Social Science Index, Cochrane Library and PsychInfo) and cross-referencing. Findings: Forty research papers were examined from which two main themes emerged based upon the broad area of study and recommendations for clinical practice - physical experiences (pain and post-operative nausea and vomiting) and psycho-educational experiences (satisfaction, information provision, anxiety and recovery). Conclusions: Based upon the nursing literature focusing specifically upon patient experiences of day surgery the direction in which modern, surgical nursing should progress may be centrally located with issues concerning the physical and psycho-educational experiences of modern surgery/ anaesthesia. Future nursing studies into modern day surgery should therefore strongly consider the relevant transitory physical care and continuing psycho-educational care. Transitory physical care as such aspects are commonly very brief and succinct whereas psycho-educational care more continuous and ideally spanning several days. However, the implementation and evaluation of such recommendations remains vital.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Subjects / Themes > R Medicine > RT Nursing
Subjects / Themes > R Medicine > RD Surgery
Health and Wellbeing
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society
Journal or Publication Title: Ambulatory Surgery Journal
Publisher: Elsevier
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0966-6532
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Funders: Non funded research
Depositing User: MJ Mitchell
Date Deposited: 16 Jan 2009 13:29
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2021 22:07

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