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THE EXPERIENCE OF RECOVERY AT HOME FOLLOWING AMBULATORY SURGERY PROCEDURE: A SYSTEMATIC LITERATURE REVIEW
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Health and Caring Sciences.
2015 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 80 credits / 120 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Background: Patients’ recovery from surgery differs when they are in a hospital setting or at home. However, an often forgotten aspect of post-operative ambulatory care is the patients' recovery at home following ambulatory surgery.Aim: To explore and describe the patients’ experiences of recovery at home following the ambulatory surgery procedure.Method: A systematic review of 7 qualitative studies in English with pre-specified criteria was conducted. An overview of qualitative evidence derived from the 17 identified main themes across the 7 primary studies was analyzed.Result: Seven thematic analysis themes were identified as being core to the patients’ experience during recovery process at home: physical symptoms, a period of regaining pre-operative functions, psychological effects, the surgical wound, delayed recovery process, social support, and the sick-role condition.. These seven themes were described patient's experiences at home following ambulatory surgery from early stage of recovery to the time of getting back to normal life.Conclusion: Recovery at home following ambulatory surgery seemed to be challenging, a quality self-care at home was lacking in the form having full control and knowledge about symptoms; adequate information, education and medication during self-care management; sufficient support by carer and nurses; and enough time-off for recovery.

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2015. , 35 p.
Keyword [en]
Ambulatory surgery; caring science; experience; patient perspective; recovery at home; systematic review; qualitative study.
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Nursing
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-41955OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-41955DiVA: diva2:801563
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Vårdvetenskap med inr mot omvårdnad
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Caring Science, International Master Programme, 120 credits
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Available from: 2015-04-09 Created: 2015-04-09 Last updated: 2015-04-09Bibliographically approved

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