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Keywords

cardiopulmonary bypass graft, educational intervention, self-care behavior

 

Authors

  1. Fredericks, Suzanne PhD, RN
  2. Sidani, Souraya PhD, RN

Abstract

Postoperative coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) patients seek educational resources around discharge. There is limited research on the type and perceived effectiveness of self-sought educational resources. The purpose of this study was to describe the use of self-sought educational resources by patients around time of discharge and to explore relationships between use of self-sought educational resources and self-care knowledge, performance of self-care behavior, and symptom frequency. This study is a substudy of a randomized clinical trial that included a convenience sample of first-time CABG patients. Significant correlations were found between use of self-sought educational resources and greater frequency of patient's behavior (P <= .05), and a decrease in symptom frequency (P <= .05). This study represents a first step toward identifying the association between the use of self-sought educational resources after CABG and outcomes expected of education.