Social support in the post-abortion recovery room: evidence from patients, support persons and nurses in a Vancouver clinic.

Abstract:

BACKGROUND:The benefits of social support in post-surgical recovery are well documented; social support decreases preoperative stress and postoperative recovery time. However, a paucity of studies have examined the effect of social support in the context of pregnancy termination. This study is the first to examine the effect of postoperative accompaniment from the patient, support person and nurses' perspective. STUDY DESIGN:This study was carried out in two phases. In Phase I, no accompaniment was allowed in the post-anesthesia recovery room (PAR); in Phase II, accompaniment was permitted. All participants completed pre- and postoperative questionnaires. RESULTS:The perception of accompaniment was overwhelmingly positive in patients and support people. Patients in Phase II demonstrated a high (over 95%) acceptance of accompaniment in the recovery room. It was found that 96.8% reported they would choose to be accompanied in the recovery room again if they had to have another abortion. Support persons felt very strongly that their presence was helpful to the patient. The decrease in pre- to postoperative anxiety levels was significantly greater in those women who were accompanied. However, overall, nurses demonstrated a negative attitude towards accompaniment in the recovery room. CONCLUSION:In summary, the presence of a support person in the PAR was perceived in a positive manner by patients and support people. However, the reasoning behind the negative opinion of nurses requires further study before PAR accompaniment can be considered a possibility in the context of pregnancy termination.

journal_name

Contraception

journal_title

Contraception

authors

Veiga MB,Lam M,Gemeinhardt C,Houlihan E,Fitzsimmons BP,Hodgson ZG

doi

10.1016/j.contraception.2010.07.019

subject

Has Abstract

pub_date

2011-03-01 00:00:00

pages

268-73

issue

3

eissn

0010-7824

issn

1879-0518

pii

S0010-7824(10)00424-5

journal_volume

83

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