Knowledge expectations of surgical orthopaedic patients: A European survey
This study was financially supported by
Finland: University of Turku; The Academy of Finland; The Finnish Association of Nursing Research; The Finnish Foundation of Nursing Education
Cyprus: The Cyprus University of Technology
Spain: Colegio Oficial de Enfermeria de Barcelona
Sweden: The Swedish Rheumatism Association and the County Council of Östergötland
Iceland: The Landspitali University Hospital Research Fund; The Akureyri Hospital Science Fund; The University of Akureyri Science Fund; the KEA fund, Akureyri; The Icelandic Nurses' Association Science Fund
Conflict of Interest
No conflict of interest has been declared by the authors.
KV, HL-K were responsible for the study conception and design. KV, PC, ÅJS, AC, EP, BI, SC, AKS, NI performed the data collection and JK the data analysis. KV and SK were responsible for the drafting of the manuscript. Translation of the questionnaire and obtaining ethical permissions for the data collection in their own country was performed by KV, PC, MU, ÅJS, AC, EP, BI, AKS, EC, AZ, NI and cultural adaptation by PS, CL, AC, EP, BI, AKS, MU,ÅJS, EC, AZ. All authors have made their critical revisions and approved the final version.
Ageing population entails a growing international problem of osteoarthritis. Best practices for education of these patients are lacking. This study focused on empowering education in Northern (Finland, Iceland, Lithuania and Sweden) and Southern Europe (Cyprus, Greece and Spain). The aim was to analyse associations between expected knowledge and background factors. The data were collected from European arthroplasty patients with the Knowledge Expectations of hospital patients- scale, (KEhp- scale), including bio-physiological, functional, experiential, ethical, social and financial dimensions. Patients had essential bio-physiological and functional knowledge expectations. Women expected more than men, employed less than retired, unemployed or who worked at home. Generally, patients in Northern countries expected more than in Southern countries. However, highest expectations were found in Sweden and Greece, lowest in Spain and Cyprus. There are differences in knowledge expectations based on patients' backgrounds. Development of common standards in European patient education needs further research.