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Health-care professionals' documentation of wellbeing in patients following open heart surgery: a content analysis of medical records
Hosp Varberg, Dept Internal Med, Varberg, Sweden..
Halmstad University, School of Health and Welfare, Centre of Research on Welfare, Health and Sport (CVHI).
Vastra Vall, Dept Gen Med, Varberg, Sweden..
2013 (English)In: Journal of Nursing Management, ISSN 0966-0429, E-ISSN 1365-2834, Vol. 21, no 1, p. 112-120Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Aim To explore health-care professionals' documentation of patient wellbeing in the first five months after open heart surgery. Background Open heart surgery (coronary artery bypass grafting or heart valve replacement) is an intervention aimed at relief of symptoms and increased wellbeing. It is a complex procedure with deep experiences encompassing physiological, psychological and social aspects. Health-care professionals' documentation of expressions of decreased wellbeing related to open heart surgery is an important basis for decisions and for the understanding of patients' overall health situation. Method Eighty medical records were examined by means of qualitative and quantitative methods in order to explore documentation of patient wellbeing at four points in time. The analysis was performed by content analysis and descriptive statistics. Results Documentation of physical wellbeing was dominant on all occasions, while psychological wellbeing was moderately well documented and social aspects of wellbeing were rarely documented. Conclusion The medical records did not adequately reflect the complexity of undergoing open heart surgery. Hence the holistic approach was not confirmed in health-care professionals' documentation. Implications for nursing management Managers need to support and work for a patient-centred approach in cardiac care, resulting in patient documentation that reflects patient wellbeing as a whole.

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Wiley-Blackwell, 2013. Vol. 21, no 1, p. 112-120
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documentation, healthcare professionals, open heart surgery, wellbeing
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Nursing Health Care Service and Management, Health Policy and Services and Health Economy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-35456DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2834.2012.01458.xISI: 000313989600012PubMedID: 23339501Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84872679951OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-35456DiVA: diva2:1159245
Available from: 2017-11-22 Created: 2017-11-22 Last updated: 2017-11-22Bibliographically approved

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