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The use and evaluation of Web sites in ambulatory surgery patients' education are rare; hence, innovative approaches to educate these patients should be adopted and evaluated. The aim of this study was to describe the creation of and evaluate the utility and usability of an ambulatory orthopedic surgical patient education Web site. A descriptive study(More)
The purpose of this study was to analyze the connections between patient education and health-related quality of life as an outcome variable. Data were collected among surgical hospital patients (n = 237) in Finland. On the basis of the results, there seems to be a positive relationship between received knowledge and health-related quality of life, and as(More)
This empirical study aimed to describe the ambulatory surgical patients' information and control preferences with reference to received knowledge. The results indicate that patients' information preferences and behavioral preferences are not very high, and they seem to receive most knowledge in the biophysiological domain. The most important finding is that(More)
OBJECTIVE Here, the aim is to compare surgical patients' knowledge expectations at admission with the knowledge they received during their hospital stay. DESIGN The study used a descriptive and comparative design. SETTING The study was conducted on surgical wards at one randomly selected university hospital in Finland. PARTICIPANTS The sample (n =(More)
AIM This paper is a report of a study to compare orthopaedic ambulatory surgery patients' knowledge expectations before admission and their perceptions of received knowledge 2 weeks after discharge. BACKGROUND Advances in technology and population ageing are driving up the number of ambulatory orthopaedic surgical procedures. Shorter hospital stays(More)
The hypothesis that eosinophilic airway inflammation is present in many patients presenting with respiratory symptoms suggestive of asthma but with normal lung function was tested. Thirty-six consecutive patients presenting with these features were studied. Twenty-five asthmatics and 43 healthy volunteers served as control groups. Signs of eosinophilic(More)
A randomised controlled trial was used to evaluate elective ambulatory orthopaedic surgery patients' emotions during internet-based patient education or face-to-face education with a nurse. The internet-based patient education was designed for this study and patients used websites individually based on their needs. Patients in the control group participated(More)
AIM This paper reports a study to assess the usability and use of different pain assessment tools and to compare patients' and nurses' pain assessments in the recovery room after prostatectomy. BACKGROUND Pain assessment is the first step towards providing adequate pain relief but poses problems because of the subjective nature of the pain experience and(More)
PURPOSE To describe and compare ambulatory orthopaedic surgery patients' reported cost of care (out-of-pocket costs, use of time, and consultations with healthcare organizations) and nurses' cost of care (use of time and consultations with other professionals such as other nurses, physicians, and anesthesiologists) when patients receive 2 different types of(More)
This paper describes and compares the perceived health-related quality of life (HRQoL) of day-case surgery patients before and after their procedures and examines some associated patient-related factors. A pre/posttest survey design was employed to collect data from Finnish adult day-case surgery patients using participant-completed EuroQoL 5-Dimensional(More)