The Lived Experiences of Patients and their Care-givers following Hip Fracture Surgery - A Qualitative Study

Patel, Vanisha (2019). The Lived Experiences of Patients and their Care-givers following Hip Fracture Surgery - A Qualitative Study. University of Birmingham. M.D.

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The ageing population present serious challenges to our health and social care system. Patient outcomes and experience underpin the NHS Constitution. The aim of this study was to explore the lived experience of patients and their care-givers following hip fracture surgery.

The narrative from the literature review revealed the lived experience of emergency surgery was associated with negative emotions. A lack of communication led to patients feeling dependant on staff. Talking to health professionals or family/friends helped to relieve anxiety and social isolation.

The qualitative study highlighted the impact of hip fracture surgery on the physical and psychosocial well being of patients. Severely frail patients were affected by poor transitions of care. The responsibility of being a caregiver puts a strain on personal lives, relationships and mental health.

A suggested core domain set, synthesised from the findings of this study include autonomy, dignity and respect, information and knowledge, placing trust in others, support, empowerment, rehabilitation and recovery – an individualised plan, continuity of care and change and emotions. A patient experience framework specific to the older person undergoing hip fracture surgery provides the domains of care important to patients and their care-givers with the overall aim of improving patient experience.

Type of Work: Thesis (Doctorates > M.D.)
Award Type: Doctorates > M.D.
Licence: All rights reserved
College/Faculty: Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Medical & Dental Sciences
School or Department: Institute of Inflammation and Ageing
Funders: None/not applicable
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
R Medicine > RD Surgery


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