Rhodes, Janet P, Leathley, Michael John, Watkins, Caroline Leigh and Sharma, Anil K (2003) Stroke patients' experiences of being admitted to and nursed within a mixed sex environment: a qualitative study. Clinical Effectiveness in Nursing, 7 . pp. 141-147.
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Digital ID: http://doi.org/10.1016/j.cein.2003.09.005
Objectives: Explore, from a consumer’s perspective, experiences of being admitted to, and nursed within, a mixed sex environment (MSE).
Design: Structured and semi-structured interviews.
Setting: An acute stroke unit (ASU) in a UK teaching hospital, which includes a MSE, stroke monitoring bay (SMB).
Subjects: Consecutive males (15) and females (15) admitted to the ASU, without severe cognitive and/or communication problems.
Methods: For consenting patients, basic demographic details were collected and structured questionnaires and semi-structured interviews performed. Answers to structured questionnaires were collated. Interviews were tape-recorded, transcribed verbatim and content analysed to reveal themes.
Results: 30 patients were included (median age 68 years, inter-quartile range 60–73). Only 21(70%) patients were informed that the SMB was a MSE before admission, with 6(20%) being offered an alternative. Patients were generally happy with staffs’ attention to their privacy and dignity. Overall, 21(70%) expressed their willingness to be readmitted to the SMB. Knowing they would be in the MSE for only 72 hours was important to 27(90%) patients. The semi-structured interviews revealed three main themes: information/knowledge, procedure for communication, and experiences.
Conclusions: Few patients objected to being nursed in a MSE in the acute stage of stroke. Care pathways should ensure adequate and timely information. Staff were respectful of privacy and dignity issues.
|Uncontrolled Keywords (separate with ;):||mixed sex wards; stroke; information; patients' views|
|Subjects:||B - Subjects allied to medicine > B700 - Nursing|
|Schools:||Faculty of Health and Wellbeing > School of Nursing|
|Deposited By:||Bethany Cooke|
|Deposited On:||17 Feb 2015 16:09|
|Last Modified:||17 May 2016 12:51|
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