• discharge training;
  • nursing care;
  • open heart surgery;
  • patient;
  • patient training

Ozcan H, Findik UY, Sut N. International Journal of Nursing Practice 2010; 16: 289–294 Information level of patients in discharge training given by nurses following open heart surgery

Providing discharge information following a surgery is one of the most common nursing approaches. Patients should be given discharge training after open heart surgery in order to eliminate or reduce physical and emotional problems. The study aims to assess the information level of patients in discharge training provided by nurses following open heart surgery. The study is a prospective study including 50 patients who underwent open heart surgery. The information level of patients who received discharge training was assessed before training and 1 month after the training. Data were collected using the personal information form, and pretest and post-test questionnaires. Data were assessed by using percentage, McNemar chi-squared, Wilcoxon signed ranks and stepwise linear regression analysis tests. Results indicated that patients were well informed following discharge training (Z = −6.166, P < 0.05), and that age and marriage variables affected the information level (P = 0.032, P = 0.045, respectively). Discharge training following open heart surgery increases the knowledge of patients and should be given to patients in a planned manner.