An investigation into surgical nurses experiences of caring for patients who develop Postoperative depression.
(2015) An investigation into surgical nurses experiences of caring for patients who develop Postoperative depression., no. 95.
The purpose of this research is to investigate and provide insight into surgical nurse's experience, attitudes and knowledge in caring for patients who develop postoperative depression. There is extensive research into the prevalence of depression amongst surgical patients and also into the risks associated with the development of postoperative depression. However, the literature review highlights a gap in the knowledge base regarding this topic. A qualitative methodological design partially influenced by grounded theory will be employed to explore nurse's experiences of caring for patient who develop postoperative depression. Face-to-face interviews will be conducted on surgical nurses working within five specialised clinical areas. The aims of this study are to (1) investigate surgical nurse's experience of depression in postoperative patients, (2) explore surgical nurse's confidence in recognising and caring for patients who develop postoperative depression and (3) identify surgical nurse's knowledge surrounding the prevalence and risks associated with depression in postoperative patients.