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A qualitative exploration of the strategies used by patients and nurses when navigating a standardised care programme

Roche, Dominic and Jones, Aled 2023. A qualitative exploration of the strategies used by patients and nurses when navigating a standardised care programme. Nursing Inquiry 30 (3) , e12553. 10.1111/nin.12553

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The main aim of this paper is to explore and discuss the interesting juxtaposition of patient involvement within a standardised Enhanced Recovery After Surgery care programme (ERAS). We address our aim by examining the work and strategies of nursing staff caring for patients during postoperative recovery from surgery, exploring how these two potentially competing priorities might effectively co‐exist within a hospital ward. This was a qualitative exploratory study, with data generated through 42 semi‐structured interviews with patients and nurses who had taken part in an ERAS programme in one of three hospital wards in the United Kingdom, adopting a reflexive thematic approach to data analysis. We shine a light on the work undertaken by patients and nurses during the navigation of postoperative recovery, identifying strategies of collaboration and negotiation during this journey. Furthermore, we also identify and consider patients engaged in peer‐peer support during postoperative recovery. This paper adds to the existing literature and current ways of thinking in relation to the quest for standardised, clinically effective care balanced with the aspirations for individualised, patient‐centred care. This paper also helps inform thinking about the use of care pathways in relation to service delivery, considering how best to initiate and deploy best practice aimed at safe and effective postoperative recovery.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Healthcare Sciences
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Publisher: Wiley
ISSN: 1320-7881
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 17 April 2023
Date of Acceptance: 24 March 2023
Last Modified: 22 Aug 2023 18:28

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