Addressing patients' colorectal cancer needs in preoperative education

Spalding, Nicola Jane, Poland, Fiona Mary, Gregory, Sheila, McCulloch, Jane, Sargen, Kevin and Vicary, Penny (2013) Addressing patients' colorectal cancer needs in preoperative education. Health Education, 113 (6). pp. 502-516.

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Abstract

Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to understand and develop ways to enhance patients' experiences of preoperative education received prior to surgery for colorectal cancer. Design/methodology/approach: Based in the UK, three-action research cycles were undertaken to evaluate preoperative education, identify changes seen by patients and staff as likely to improve the service and to re-evaluate such changes following implementation. Data in each cycle were collected from: observations of clinic interactions; patient questionnaires; individual semi-structured interviews with multidisciplinary colorectal unit staff; longitudinal semi-structured interviews with patients and carers pre-surgery, two weeks post-surgery and 12 weeks post-surgery; patient and carer focus groups post-surgery; and existing educational material. Findings: In total, 138 participants shared their experiences of either giving or receiving preoperative education. Findings were themed into why patients want preoperative education, and patients' views of the educational processes. Practical implications: Patients emphasised the need for educational provision to be fully understandable, comprehensive and client-centred using a range of communication processes. Patients emphasised the need for educational provision to be more fully understandable, comprehensive and client-centred and that important messages should be reinforced using a range of media. At a time of many uncertainties for patients' lives, such education needed to encompass the experiences patients could expect, delivered by confident healthcare professionals. Originality/value: Contextualising understanding and facilitating their own actions, enabled patients to regain control in circumstances particularly disruptive of bodily and other life routines. Establishing a sense of control is confirmed as important for patient's wellbeing in preparing for surgery and postoperative rehabilitation.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: action research,cancer ,education,preoperative
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > School of Rehabilitation Sciences
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > School of Health Sciences
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Norwich Medical School
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Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 27 Oct 2013 22:02
Last Modified: 17 Mar 2020 18:46
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/43970
DOI: 10.1108/HE-11-2012-0052

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