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cardiac patients, coronary care nursing, needs assessment



  1. Burney, Meera BSc
  2. Purden, Margaret RN, PhD
  3. McVey, Lynne RN, MSc(A)


Cardiology patients have important learning needs. A 21-item patient satisfaction questionnaire was mailed to 384 cardiology patients 1 week after discharge. Satisfaction ratings indicated that the 161 respondents were satisfied with their care; however, they wanted more information regarding the management of their symptoms and activity level at home. Nurses' interviews revealed that they assessed the availability of follow-up care upon discharge. The results suggest that patients are not satisfied with the information they receive before discharge. Also, nurses and patients have different perceptions about the information patients need. These differences need to be taken into consideration when designing discharge teaching interventions.