1. Kielty, Lucy Ann MSc, BNS, RGN


The purpose of this article is to examine the information received by patients undergoing a gastroscopy. The growing number and complexity of day-case endoscopy increases the need for quality patient information. Provision of patient information reduces anxiety, increases knowledge, improves cooperation during endoscopy and increases compliance with discharge instructions. The study used a descriptive survey with convenience sampling (response rate 66%, N = 137). Patients received most of the standard procedural information (how and why the procedure is carried out), but they received considerably less sensory information (information regarding what they would hear, feel, smell, etc.). In addition, age and gender appeared to affect the amount of information received. Older patients received more procedural information than younger patients, and male patients received more information than female patients. The nurse was the main source of information. The majority of patients (>80%) received adequate information and were satisfied with the information received. Patients also received most of the information verbally on the day of the procedure rather than before admission. This study identified the need for patient information leaflets. The role of the nurse and the effect of age and gender on information provision are important considerations for healthcare professionals.