Patient information at discharge--a study of a combined approach

Patient Educ Couns. 2006 Oct;63(1-2):169-76. doi: 10.1016/j.pec.2005.09.016. Epub 2006 Jan 19.


Objective: To describe patients' perceptions of a new information procedure related to going home after urological surgery. This procedure, developed in an action research project, included a discharge talk with the nurse and an information booklet for the patients to keep.

Methods: A convenience sample of 99 patients responded to a survey sent home 1 week after discharge (return 78.6%). The Patient Information and Nurse Interaction Scale (PINI) was used for data collection.

Results: The sample were mostly male (81%), older (mean 71.9 years), and hospitalised on average less than 4 days. Patients who got the booklet had significantly more favourable perceptions on information received (p<0.05) on 11 of 21 items, and 91% said they would not have managed very well at home without it.

Conclusion: The patients who received the booklet knew more about what might happen to them, were less uncertain and had fewer concerns when going home.

Practice implications: The combination of standardised written information and a talk with the nurse where patients participated in individualising the information appears to have had a significant impact on self-management at home.

Publication types

  • Evaluation Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Psychological
  • Aged
  • Attitude to Health*
  • Chi-Square Distribution
  • Female
  • Health Services Research
  • Hospitals, University
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Needs Assessment
  • Norway
  • Nurse's Role / psychology
  • Nurse-Patient Relations
  • Nursing Evaluation Research
  • Nursing Methodology Research
  • Nursing Staff, Hospital / organization & administration
  • Nursing Staff, Hospital / psychology
  • Pamphlets
  • Patient Discharge / standards*
  • Patient Education as Topic / organization & administration*
  • Teaching Materials / standards
  • Transurethral Resection of Prostate / education
  • Transurethral Resection of Prostate / nursing
  • Transurethral Resection of Prostate / psychology
  • Urologic Surgical Procedures* / education
  • Urologic Surgical Procedures* / nursing
  • Urologic Surgical Procedures* / psychology