Date of Award
College of Nursing
The purpose of this study was to determine the effects of patient participation in decision-making regarding post-operative ambulation on ambulation behaviors, occurrence of post operative complications, and overall satisfaction for patients undergoing bowel surgery. A convenience sample consisted of 39 subjects, aged 20-80, who underwent bowel surgery at a 300-bed medical center in a midwest metropolitan area.
An active negotiated approach to encourage patient participation in decision-making regarding post-operative ambulation was utilized for subjects in the experimental group (n = 19). It was hypothesized that subjects in the experimental group would ambulate farther and more frequently, would experience fewer post-operative complications, and would have higher levels of satisfaction than subjects in the control group (n = 20).
No significant differences were found between the two groups regarding frequency of ambulation, distance ambulated, or level of satisfaction with care (p > .05). Subjects in the control group did experience a significantly greater number of complications than did subjects in the experimental group (p < .05).
Ruble, Martha Ann, "Patient Participation in Decision-Making Regarding Post-Operative Ambulation: How It Affects Patient Outcomes" (1998). Masters Theses. 376.