In this observational study, researchers described which nursing activities were observed during the discharge of older chronic disease patients and examined the consistency between actual and documented nursing activities.
Structured non-participant observations of the activities carried out by nurses at discharge were conducted.
In addition, a retrospective audit of the nursing records relating to patient discharge was conducted including the nursing diary and the assessment of critical issues at hospital discharge.
One thousand, two hundred twenty-four nursing activities were observed during hospital discharge of 102 patients.
Findings revealed that the number of activities was not related to the age, gender and level of education of patients or postgraduate education of nurses.
There were statistically significant correlations between the number of activities observed and the work experience of the nurses. According to the findings, a pre-defined discharge plan guiding nurses’ activities during discharge would enable them to respond better to the care needs of elderly patients.
Source: Journal of Clinical Nursing — Facchinetti G, et al., Mdlinx
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