Date Approved


Graduate Degree Type


Degree Name

Nursing (M.S.N.)

Degree Program

College of Nursing

First Advisor

Kay Setter Kline

Second Advisor

Andrea C. Bostrom

Third Advisor

William C. Bell


The purpose of this descriptive study was to evaluate patients' perceptions of being prepared for discharge from an acute care setting. An instrument to look at patient perceptions of discharge preparation in 10 categories was developed. Orem's self-care model provided the conceptual basis for this study.; The study used a convenience sample of 146 adult patients hospitalized for 24 hours or more on a 35 bed surgical unit. Data were collected via telephone interviews on the third day following discharge. Perceived preparation was measured using a 5 point Likert scale.; The findings indicated a positive perception of being prepared for self-care. Eighty-six percent of the time subjects did receive instructions on appropriate discharge categories. Patients indicated they felt prepared in the areas of medications, activity, equipment, physician appointment, treatment/procedures, and home services. Patients desired more preparation in the areas of pain control, financial concerns, and dealing with illness.


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