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Nurses' Perceptions of Patient Participation in the Postanesthesia Care Unit-A Qualitative Focus Group Study

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PURPOSE: To explore postanesthesia care unit (PACU) nurses' experiences and perception of patient participation during PACU care.

DESIGN: Qualitative focus group study based on a phenomenological hermeneutic approach.

METHODS: We conducted three focus group interviews with 18 nurses from three different PACUs. Themes were created based on interpretive theory inspired by Ricoeur.

FINDINGS: Four themes and 11 subthemes were found. Patients' clinical condition and situation, time management, ethical aspects, and the patient-nurse relationship all had a high impact on postanesthesia nursing practice and conditions for involving patients.

CONCLUSIONS: PACU nurses want patients to participate in their own treatment and care in the PACU; however, nurses perceive patient participation differently. Nurses experience challenges including patients' impaired autonomy, absence of a holistic approach, and lack of time and resources. Nurses highlight that these barriers should not become an excuse for noninvolvement.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Perianesthesia Nursing
ISSN1089-9472
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Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 25 Aug 2021

    Research areas

  • focus groups, PACU nurses' perceptions, patient participation, postanesthesia recovery, qualitative study

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