Exploring supportive care needs and experiences of facial surgery patients.

FURNESS, Penny (2005). Exploring supportive care needs and experiences of facial surgery patients. British Journal of Nursing, 14 (12), 641-645.

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Abstract

Research suggests that an important determinant of psychosocial outcomes following disfiguring surgery is social support. Healthcare professionals are in a position to offer emotional support to patients undergoing surgery, but evidence regarding the experience of supportive care among facial surgery patients is sparse.This study explored the experiences of facial surgery patients and their friends or family with regard to support from healthcare professionals.Twenty-nine facial surgery patients and nine significant others (eight marital partners and one close family member)participated in indepth interviews and focus groups, and the data were analysed using a grounded theory form of coding. Analysis identified three main categories of support: informational, practical and emotional. Findings also showed discrepancies between patients’ need for emotional support and provision by healthcare staff.

Item Type: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Centre for Health and Social Care Research
Depositing User: Penny Furness
Date Deposited: 19 Sep 2012 14:48
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2012 14:48
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/6023

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