Learning Needs of Patients and Their Caregivers After Ambulatory Surgery

Guven B., Ibrahimoglu O., Elbuken B.

Journal of Perianesthesia Nursing, vol.35, no.3, pp.283-287, 2020 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 35 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2020
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.jopan.2019.10.012
  • Journal Name: Journal of Perianesthesia Nursing
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus, CINAHL, EMBASE, MEDLINE, DIALNET
  • Page Numbers: pp.283-287
  • Keywords: ambulatory surgery, caregivers, day surgery, learning needs, patients
  • Bezmialem Vakıf University Affiliated: No


Purpose: The purpose of this study was to determine the learning needs of ambulatory surgery patients and their caregivers. Design: The study was a cross-sectional and descriptive survey. Methods: The study was conducted between July 2017 and March 2018 in the outpatient units of a training and research hospital in Istanbul, Turkey. The sample consisted of 117 patients and caregivers dyads. The instruments included a Patient Information Form and the Patient Learning Needs Scale (PLNS). Findings: The mean total PLNS scores of ambulatory surgery patients were 193.54 ± 35.46 and that of the patient's caregivers was 199.88 ± 31.84. The highest mean PLNS subscale for patients and caregivers was treatment and complications. As the PLNS scores of the patients increase, the scores of the caregivers also increase. Conclusions: The learning needs of ambulatory surgery patients and their caregivers are high. Patients and caregivers must be well informed and well prepared to cope with possible problems at home.