Physicians' and nurses' perceptions of patient involvement in myocardial infarction care
2008 (English)In: European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, ISSN 1474-5151, E-ISSN 1873-1953, Vol. 7, no 2, 113-120 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Background: Patients' involvement in their healthcare has been associated with better health outcomes. However, few studies have examined whether patient involvement affects the work of healthcare professionals. A better understanding of professionals' views and behaviour is necessary for improving clinical practice and optimizing patient involvement. Aim: To measure perceptions and behaviour regarding patient involvement among physicians and nursing staff caring for patients with acute myocardial infarction. Methods: A questionnaire study conducted in 2005 among cardiology staff at twelve Swedish hospitals. The questionnaire included six scales measuring staff views and behaviour. Results: Physicians, registered nurses, and practical nurses did not differ significantly in their views of patient involvement, but did differ significantly in behaviour (p<.001). All three groups felt that an actively involved patient enriched their work, at the same time increasing their work load and taking time from other tasks. Physicians discussed daily activities and lifestyle changes with myocardial infarction patients before hospital discharge to a greater extent than nursing staff (p<.001). Conclusion: Physicians and registered nurses viewed time constraints as a hinder for patient involvement, while practical nurses felt unsure in communicating with patients. Considering these organizational and professional issues may improve patient involvement and health outcomes in myocardial infarction care. (C) 2007 European Society of Cardiology. Published by Elsevier B.V All rights reserved.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2008. Vol. 7, no 2, 113-120 p.
Patient involvement, Staff perceptions, Questionnaire, Myocardial infarction, Cardiology
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-149456DOI: 10.1016/jejcnurse.2007.05.005ISI: 000260668300006OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-149456DiVA: diva2:405005
Conference Information: International Conference of the European-Association-for-Communication-in-Healthcare (EACH) Basel, SWITZERLAND, SEP 05-08, 20062011-03-202011-03-202016-08-17Bibliographically approved