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Pielęgniarstwo Chirurgiczne i Angiologiczne/Surgical and Vascular Nursing
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vol. 14
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Evaluate the readiness of post-operative patients for self-care

Hanna Grabowska
Dorota Derezulko

Katedra Pielęgniarstwa, Wydział Nauk o Zdrowiu z Oddziałem Pielęgniarstwa i Instytutem Medycyny Morskiej i Tropikalnej, Gdański Uniwersytet Medyczny
Online publish date: 2020/05/29
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To evaluate the readiness of post-operative patients for self-care.

Material and methods
The study included patients of the Department of General, Endocrine, and Transplant Surgery, the Department of Orthopaedics, Kinetic Organ Traumatology, and Hand Surgery, as well as the Department of Urology – 92 people in total. The majority of the patients were men, city dwellers, and people with higher education. The average age was 51 years. The survey technique was used in the study. The research tool consisted of an anonymous questionnaire, including the C-HOBIC data set. Statistical analysis was performed using Student’s t-test, the Mann-Whitney U test, and the Kruskal-Wallis non-parametric significance test. The level of significance was assumed to be p ≤ 0.05.

In total, the respondents achieved a stable ability to care for themselves. The general readiness to be discharged amounted to 4.12. The highest level of readiness to be discharged was achieved in terms of understanding the purpose of treatment (4.67). The level of readiness was lowest in terms of performing daily activities (3.65), adapting former activities to the current state of health (3.39), and knowing the causes of disease symptoms (3.64).

The gender, age, place of residence, education, type of anaesthesia, admission procedure, and the time and place of hospitalisation did not significantly affect the patients’ readiness to be discharged.


self-care, the readiness to discharge, operation, C-HOBIC scale

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