Patient Narratives of Surgical Site Infection: Implications for Practice

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dc.contributor.author Tanner, Judith en
dc.contributor.author Padley, Wendy en
dc.contributor.author Davey, S. en
dc.contributor.author Murphy, K. en
dc.contributor.author Brown, Brian J. en
dc.date.accessioned 2012-11-13T09:58:07Z
dc.date.available 2012-11-13T09:58:07Z
dc.date.issued 2012-07
dc.identifier.citation Tanner J, et al. (2012) Patient narratives of surgical site infection: implications for practice. Journal of Hospital Infection, 83 (1), pp. 41-45 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2086/7762
dc.description.abstract Background: Exploring patients’ experiences has been used widely within healthcare to improve clinical service delivery. To date there has been minimal patient input of this kind into aspects of surgical site infection (SSI), such as surveillance or prevention interventions. Aim: To obtain information from patients’ experiences of SSIs to improve clinical practice. Methods: Narrative interviews with 17 patients with SSIs (four deep, 12 organ space and one superficial) from three hospitals in England were conducted followed by thematic content analysis. Results: Patients lacked overall awareness, concern and understanding of SSIs. Seven patients did not know that they had SSIs and, judging from patients’ accounts, staff may have contributed to the lack of awareness by not informing patients of SSIs or downplaying their existence. The use of primary care resources was considerable and six of the patients were absent from work for two to four months. Conclusions: SSIs have a low profile among patients which, if it were raised, could increase compliance with preventive interventions. This study confirms the appropriateness of using patient self-assessment post-discharge surveillance questionnaires to identify SSI symptoms, and highlights the need to identify total costings including to primary care, patients and the economy. en
dc.description.sponsorship Infection Prevention Society en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Elsevier en
dc.subject patient experience en
dc.subject interviews en
dc.subject surgical site infection en
dc.title Patient Narratives of Surgical Site Infection: Implications for Practice en
dc.type Article en
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jhin.2012.07.025
dc.researchgroup Nursing and Midwifery Research Centre
dc.peerreviewed Yes en
dc.ref2014.selected 1365591152_610680175727_3_3


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