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In many developing countries, children with CHD are now receiving surgical repair or palliation for their complex medical condition. Consequently, parents require more in-depth discharge education programmes to enable them to recognise complications and manage their children’s care after hospital discharge. This investigation evaluated the effectiveness of a structured nurse-led parent discharge teaching programme on nurse, parent, and child outcomes in India.
Materials and methods
A quasi-experimental investigation compared nurse and parent home care knowledge before and at two time points after the parent education discharge instruction program’s implementation. Child surgical-site infections and hospital costs were compared for 6 months before and after the discharge programme’s implementation.
Both nurses (n=63) and parents (n=68) participated in this study. Records of 195 children who had undergone cardiac surgery were reviewed. Nurses had a high-level baseline home care knowledge that increased immediately after the discharge programme’s implementation (T1=24.4±2.89; T2=27.4±1.55; p<0.005; 30 point scale), but decreased to near baseline (T3=23.8±3.4; ns) 4 months after the programme’s implementation. Nurse teaching documentation increased by 56% after the programme’s implementation. Parent knowledge scores increased from 1.76±1.4 for Cohort 1 to 3.68±0.852 for Cohort 2 (p<0.005; 0–4 scale) after the discharge programme’s implementation. Surgical-site infections decreased from 27% in Cohort 1 to 2% in Cohort 2 (p>0.05) after the programme’s implementation.
Nurse, parent, and child outcomes were improved after implementation of the structured nurse-led parent discharge programme for parents in India. Structured nurse-led parent discharge programmes may help prepare parents to provide better home care for their children after cardiac surgery. Further investigation of causality and influencing factors is warranted.
Parents of children with CHD require home care knowledge in order to ensure their child’s health and safety, but there has been no research on how to achieve this in a resource-constrained environment. The aim of this investigation was to compare parent and nurse perceptions of parent readiness for discharge after a structured nurse-led parent discharge teaching programme in India.
Materials and methods
A pre-post design was used to compare parent and nurse perceptions of parental uncertainty and readiness for hospital discharge before and after introduction of the parent education discharge instruction programme in a paediatric cardiac surgery unit.
Parents (n=68) and nurses (n=63) participated in this study. After the discharge programme implementation, parents had less uncertainty (M=93.3 SD=10.7 versus M=83.6 SD=4.9, p=0.001) and ambiguity (M=40.8 SD=6.8 versus M=33.4 SD=3.7, p=0.001) about their child’s illness; however, they rated themselves as being less able to cope with the transition to home (M=24.3 SD=4.1 versus 23.1 SD=2.2, p=0.001) and as having less support at home than that required (M=31.5 SD=9.9 versus 30.9 SD=3.2, p=0.001). Parents’ and nurses’ perception of parental readiness for hospital discharge were more closely aligned after implementation of a nurse-led discharge programme (r=0.81, p=0.001).
The results of this study suggest that the discharge programme had positive and negative effects on parental perceptions of uncertainty and readiness for discharge. Further examination is warranted to delineate these influences and to design methods for supporting parents during the transition to home care.
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