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The Effects of Hospital Visiting – A Pilot Study Mandy Watkins, Health Services Research Group
Need for Research The literature research found no studies on the effects of hospital visiting in the orthopaedic setting and very little research for long term settings The effects on visitors in the orthopaedic setting could be quite significant
Aims of the Study 1) To investigate the effects of hospital visiting on the patients and their relatives 2) To focus on the visitors perspective in order to gain an understanding into their experience of visiting
Project Design Qualitative approach Literature search and review Observational study of the orthopaedic trauma unit at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary
Main Findings Reasons for visiting Patient – visitor interaction Visitor – nurse interaction
Reasons for Visiting The relatives visit their hospitalised family member to see how they are progressing and how they are feeling They want to help the patient to be as comfortable and happy as possible Many of the previous research findings were identified in the results of this study Visitors acted as patient advocate
Patient – Visitor Interactions Non-spouse male visitors tended to be the ones who picked up the patient chart to check their progress When patients are visited by their spouse there is not much conversation. Often they sit in comfortable silence.
Visitor – Nurse Interactions Visitor – nurse interaction was found to be mostly visitor initiated and on a help seeking basis More visitor – nurse interaction was observed at the weekend when it was quieter on the ward. The nurses were very willing to help the visitors in any way that they could.
Limitations Short amount of time in which to carry out the project Unable to interview patients and visitors Hawthorne effect
Recommendations Using interviews as well as observation Increase 15 minute observation spells More observation times Gain access to information about how long patients have been in hospital
Acknowledgements Undergraduate summer research scholarship, RGU Professor Rosemary Chesson, Health Services Research Group Ms Noelle Ruta, clinical nurse manager, orthopaedics, GUHT All the staff at the Health Services Research Group