Development of an internet-based perioperative education resource for adult patients experiencing open sternotomy cardiac surgery

Femiak, Lindsay (2020) Development of an internet-based perioperative education resource for adult patients experiencing open sternotomy cardiac surgery. Practicum Report. Memorial University of Newfoundland. (Unpublished)

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Background: More than 33 million Canadians have access to the internet and healthcare consumers are increasingly using the internet as a means to derive education pertaining to their health care. When undergoing open sternotomy cardiac surgery, including Coronary Artery Bypass Grafts (CABG) and valve surgery, patients must participate in extensive surgical preparation as well as adopt complex medication and recovery regimens following surgery. Currently, perioperative education for patients experiencing open sternotomy cardiac surgery at the practicum site is provided through paper-based resources as well as individual didactic education sessions. Purpose: The purpose of this practicum project was to develop an internet-based perioperative patient education resource that contains a comprehensive overview of the open sternotomy cardiac surgery pathway, highlights patient recovery goals and delivers essential self-care and recovery management education. Methods: A literature review, environmental scan and key informant consultations were completed to inform the content and design of the resource. Results: A comprehensive and interactive, internet-based perioperative education resource was developed for patients and families to access at any point of the cardiac surgery trajectory. In addition, this resource includes an individualized assessment of patients’ understanding of recovery and self-management education, which aligns with the tenets of the Adult Learning Theory. Conclusion: This internet-based perioperative education resource is designed to provide patients and families with accessible and individualized education that could improve knowledge and confidence, as well as reduce negative health outcomes for patients experiencing open sternotomy cardiac surgery.

Item Type: Report (Practicum Report)
Item ID: 14299
Additional Information: Includes bibliographical references (pages 173-175).
Department(s): Nursing, Faculty of
Date: April 2020
Date Type: Submission
Medical Subject Heading: Thoracic Surgery; Cardiac Surgical Procedures; Coronary Artery Bypass; Internet; Delivery of Health Care

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