The information requirements and self-perceptions of Turkish women undergoing hysterectomy

Emine Şen, Nursel Alp Dal, Hande Dag, Seyran Senveli

Abstract


Objectives: To investigate the affects, information requirements and self-perceptions of Turkish women undergoing hysterectomy.

Methods: A descriptive cross-sectional study was conducted on 37 Turkish women undergoing hysterectomy and followed in a gynecology unit of a state hospital in Canakkale, Turkey, between February and August 2012. Data were collected before discharge with a questionnaire composed of 32 questions. Percentage distributions and Chi-square test were used in the evaluation of the data.

Results: There was a significant relationship between fear of anesthesia and number of pregnancies (p=0.007) and between death during surgery and number of pregnancies in the preoperative period (p=0.027). The relationship between knowing type of surgery and knowing when sutures would be removed was also significant in post-operative period (p=0.045). In addition, there was a significant relationship between women’s living only with their husbands and worrying about not having children anymore (p=0.032).

Conclusion: The women’s information needs were high and women’s self-perceptions had been affected negatively after hysterectomy.It is recommended that nurses, primarily health professionals should have adequate knowledge on comprehensive care and psychosocial support after hysterectomy.

doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.12669/pjms.321.7962

How to cite this:Gercek E, Dal NA, Dag H, Senveli S. The information requirements and self-perceptions of Turkish women undergoing hysterectomy. Pak J Med Sci. 2016;32(1):165-170.   doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.12669/pjms.321.7962

This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


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