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Nursing staff's communication modes in patient transfer before and after an educational intervention
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences, Family Medicine and Preventive Medicine.
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2010 (English)In: Ergonomics, ISSN 0014-0139, E-ISSN 1366-5847, Vol. 53, no 10, 1217-1227 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The objective was to explore and describe nursing staff's body awareness and communication in patient transfers and evaluate any changes made after an educational intervention to promote staff competence in guiding patients to move independently. In total, 63 nursing staff from two hospitals wrote weekly notes before and after the intervention. The topics were: A) reflect on a transfer during the last week that you consider was good and one that was poor; B) reflect on how your body felt during a good and a poor transfer. The notes were analysed with content analysis. The results showed five different communication modes connected with nursing staff's physical and verbal communication. These communication modes changed after 1 year to a more verbal communication, focusing on the patient's mobility. The use of instructions indicated a new or different understanding of patient transfer, which may contribute to a development of nursing staff's competence. Statement of Relevance: The present findings indicate that patient transfer consists of communication. Therefore, verbal and bodily communication can have an integral part of training in patient transfer; furthermore, the educational design of such programmes is important to reach the goal of developing new understanding and enhancing nursing staff's competence in patient transfer.

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2010. Vol. 53, no 10, 1217-1227 p.
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changes, communication, educational intervention, patient transfer
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Medical and Health Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-134797DOI: 10.1080/00140139.2010.512980ISI: 000282122200006OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-134797DiVA: diva2:373817
Available from: 2010-12-01 Created: 2010-12-01 Last updated: 2015-02-26Bibliographically approved

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