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Title: Patients’ and nurses’ perceptions on autonomy in nursing interventions
Authors: Lemonidou, Chryssoula 
Panagiotou, A 
Leino-Kilpi, Helena 
Välimäki, Maritta 
Dassen, Theo 
Gasull, Maria 
Scott, Philomena Anne 
Arndt, Marianne 
Merkouris, Anastasios 
Field: Medical and Health Sciences
Issue Date: 2003
Source: Nosileftiki, 2003, vol. 43, no. 1, pp. 84-99
Journal: Nosileftiki 
Abstract: Aim: The investigation of patients' and nurses' perceptions on actualization of patients' autonomy in nursing interventions in maternity, surgical and elderly care. Material - Method: The sample consisted of 678 patients and 587 nurses/midwives from the corresponding wards. Two parallel questionnaires, developed by the researchers, were distributed for data collection. Results: Compared to nurses, patients perceived to receive less information (mean=2.34-3.13, p<0.001) and had fewer opportunities to make decisions regarding their care (mean=2.60-3.2L p<0.001). This difference was greater for personal hygiene, bladder and bowel function. Surgical patients perceived they have been given less information (mean=1.87, p<0.05) and opportunities to make decisions (mean =2.16, p<0.05) than mothers (mean=2.75-2.79, respectively) and elderly patients (mean=2.56-3.06 respectively). Nurses/midwives of postnatal wards perceived they have given information (mean=4.10, ρ<0.05) and opportunities for decision making to mothers (mean=3.64, p<0.05) more than the other two samples (surgical=3.37-2.84, elderly=3.3-3.16 respectively). Women, patients with planned admission and those who were asked to give informed consent perceived they have been given more information and opportunities to make decisions regarding their care. Conclusions: Study findings underline the problem of low actualization of patients in their autonomy and indicate the need of nurses/midwives basic and continuous education in subjects of clinical ethics in order to improve the ethical quality of nursing care.
Collaboration : University of Crete
Rights: © Research Square
Type: Article
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