Aims and objectives. To explore the patients’ leisure experience and their leisure needs and expectations during hospitalisation in a private hospital setting.
Background. Leisure plays positive roles in patient satisfaction and has functional values. However, studies on how inpatients spend their time and hospital-based qualitative studies on leisure needs and expectation among patients were rarely conducted. Through exploring patients’ perspective on leisure, nurses could improve patient satisfaction from a different dimension and enhance quality of care.
Design. A descriptive qualitative study based on 12 semi-structural interviews.
Methods. Applied purposive sampling to select and interview a total of 16 participants, including 12 patients and four patients’ significant others in a private hospital. Semi-structured interviews were conducted at the patients’ bedside in summer 2011. Interviews were recorded and transcribed verbatim. Content analysis approach was used to analyse data and to categorise themes.
Results. Four themes were developed: (1) getting through the day, which describes how patients spend their time during hospitalisation and their daily leisure activities; (2) necessity of leisure, which reveals the reasons why patients conducted the activity; (3) resources amelioration, which describes patients’ needs and satisfaction on current leisure resources in the hospital; (4) nurses’ roles in leisure, which is about the involvement of nurses in patients’ leisure activities.
Conclusion. As patients understand hospital is a place for recovery, they seldom discuss or request their choices of leisure activity. This study could provide some insight into patients’ needs and expectation of leisure activity during hospitalisation, allowing nurses to know the importance of providing leisure activities to patients.
Relevance to clinical practice. This study suggests that clinical nursing practice should support leisure provision and hospital resources management of facilities on the effects of leisure.