EBP Article Paper Assignment
The perception of patients is an important aspect in assessing care delivery. The researchers` main aim is to compare the perception of nursing care of Finnish, English, Swedish and Greek orthopedic and trauma patients during hospitalization. The sample investigated included citizens from four members of the European Union including 425 from Finland, 315 from Greek, 218 from Sweden and 135 from the United Kingdom (Suhonen et al., 2009). Date was obtained from the in acute hospitals in the four countries using Schmidt Perception of Nursing Care Survey. The study is a quantitative study. The study design that was used by the scholars is cross-sectional comparative study design. The results of the study on patient perception were tested on four areas including seeing the individual patient, explaining, responding and watching.
Major Points in the Article
Suhonen et al. have addressed three very important areas in their study. The participants in the study have been well selected and treated with the highest ethical procedures in social research. Ethical considerations are an important aspect in any research. The authors sought approval to carry out the study from each country`s respective authority. In addition, the study was carried out in the respective countries in accordance with each country`s standards and organizational procedures. Participants were also addressed briefed orally and supplied with a questionnaire with a letter of introduction on the intent of the study, anonymity as well as the right of a person to volunteer to the study (Suhonen et al., 2009).
The authors address the four dimensions that the study established in regard to the perception of orthopedic and trauma patients in the four different countries in regard to nursing care when hospitalized. Using Schmidt Perception of Nursing Care Survey (SPNCS) the results were as follows in all the four countries (Greece, United Kingdom, Sweden and Finland) patients reported high quality of nurse care. In the UK, Finland and Sweden, rated the care they received higher than in Greece. Responding also was highest in all the participating countries while watching over came the second highest, with explaining following in Sweden and Finland (Suhonen et al., 2009). The same high scores were received in the UK for watching over and explaining. However, seeing the individual patient scored the lowest in Finland, the UK and Sweden. On the contrary, seeing the individual patient scored the highest in Sweden than watching over and explaining. In overall, Greece had the lowest scores on the four dimensions of the perception of nurse care by orthopedic and trauma patients (Suhonen et al., 2009).
Further the authors have addressed the issue of the methodological considerations and the limitations that arose in the study. This is an important area in a research article as it acts as a guide for other scholars intending to carry out a similar study to avoid such limitations. It is also important in that results cannot be generalized. The authors particularly state that the differences between countries should be regarded as preliminary and tentative. The healthcare systems in the four countries are almost the same relying on public funding (Suhonen et al., 2009). However, there are variations in the provision of orthopedic and trauma care in the different countries. The number of nurses in each country is also different with Greece suffering a shortage of nurses. These factors may have greatly influenced the outcome of the study (Suhonen et al., 2009). The authors also recommend other scholars to explore similar studies using varying approaches to establish whether the differences between countries found in their study are as a result of cultural differences, role of healthcare professionals, nursing practices or patients in different countries.
The role of patient perception on nurse care in health care setting is important in evaluating the quality of care given. In the current article, the authors have investigated the role of perception of orthopedic and trauma patients when hospitalized in four different EU countries. It is evident that Sweden has the highest ratings as per the SPNCS scores of seeing the individual patient, explaining, responding and watching. Greece scored the least in the group. This study is important in clinical nursing as it emphasizes the importance of nurse-patient relationship in providing quality care. Greece which is a member of the European Union has various challenges including a nurse shortage. This clearly shows that the number of nurses or an improved nurse patient ratio is critical in providing care. In addition, organizational factors in the different countries resulted to different ratings in the SPNCS scale. Seeing individual patient is a highly valued aspect of care delivery. As such, the study`s implications on my nursing career are evident. Improved interaction between a patient and the nurse is critical. Orthopedic and trauma patients are in patients who require long term care. The care that these patients receive determines the speed and effectiveness of the recovery. To stakeholders in Europe`s healthcare system, this study is important in evaluating and developing nursing care in health facilities.
Suhonen, R. et al. (2009). European orthopaedic and trauma patients` perceptions of nursing care: a comparative study, Journal of Clinical Nursing, 18, 2818 – 2829.