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What really matters? A multi-view perspective of one patientís hospital experience


Edwards, KJ and Duff, J and Walker, K, What really matters? A multi-view perspective of one patient's hospital experience, Contemporary Nurse: A Journal for The Australian Nursing Profession, 49, (1) pp. 122-136. ISSN 1037-6178 (2014) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/10376178.2014.11081962


Aim: To identify what mattered to a patient and family member (healthcare recipients) during the patient's hospital experience and to examine the healthcare provider's awareness of what mattered.

Methods: A qualitative descriptive investigation was undertaken using semi-structured interviews designed to compare multiple perceptions of one patient's hospital experience. Interviews were undertaken with the patient, family member, and healthcare providers. A definition of hospital experience was sought from each participant. Additional phrases as presented by the patient and family member were coded and grouped into categories and then salient themes. Phrases as presented by the healthcare providers were coded, and then allocated to the previously identified themes.

Findings: One patient, his wife and seven healthcare providers (doctors (2), registered nurses (4) and a patient care orderly (1)) were interviewed. Definitions of 'hospital experience' differ between participants. Recipients include pre and post hospital admission periods, whereas providers limit hospital experience to admission. Three salient themes emerged from recipient data suggesting; medication management, physical comfort and emotional security are what mattered to the recipients. Awareness was dependent upon theme and differed between the providers.

Conclusion: Hospital experience as a term is poorly defined, and definitions differ between recipients and providers of care. Healthcare providers are not always aware of what matters to the patient and family during their hospital admission.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:patient experience, patient-centred care, patient satisfaction
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Nursing
Research Field:Nursing not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Provision of health and support services
Objective Field:Nursing
UTAS Author:Edwards, KJ (Mrs Kelly Edwards)
UTAS Author:Duff, J (Dr Jed Duff)
UTAS Author:Walker, K (Professor Kim Walker)
ID Code:100011
Year Published:2014
Web of Science® Times Cited:10
Deposited By:Health Sciences B
Deposited On:2015-04-22
Last Modified:2017-11-02

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