Evaluation of patient education provided by clinical nurses in Turkey

Authors


Gülçin Avşar, Salık Bilimleri Fakültesi, Atatürk Üniversitesi, 25240 Erzurum, Turkey. Email: gulcin-avsar@hotmail.com

Abstract

Avşar G, Kaşikçi M. International Journal of Nursing Practice 2011; 17: 67–71

Evaluation of patient education provided by clinical nurses in Turkey

The purpose of this study was to determine the practices of patient education provided by nurses in hospital clinics. The data were collected using a questionnaire form developed by the researcher in the light of relevant literature. The questionnaire form included questions to help determine descriptive characteristics of nurses and practices of patient education. Statistical analysis was performed using percentages. Most of the nurses (82.4%) did not define a certain place or time for patient education, almost all of the nurses (98.9%) did not record the education process, and patients' family/relatives were not included in the education (82.4%). The results of this study have shown that clinical nurses do not adequately implement the phases of patient education. During nursing education, nurses' knowledge and skills in patient education should be developed, and they should be made to fully internalize their educational role.

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