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Knowledge requirements of coronary artery bypass graft patients and their partners during the third to fourth week period after discharge from the hospital Tippett, Deborah Maureen
The purpose of this study was to describe the knowledge requirements of primary coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) patients and their partners during the third to fourth week after discharge from the hospital. In addition, comparisons and correlations of knowledge requirements between the primary CABG patients and their partners were made. This descriptive comparative study was conducted in a major teaching hospital in western Canada that specializes in cardiovascular surgeries. A convenience sample of 40 participants-20 primary CABG patients and their partners completed a questionnaire, the Knowledge Requirements of Primary Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Patients and Their Partners During the Third to Fourth Week Period After Discharge from the Hospital, and also demographic guides. Knowledge requirements did not significantly differ between the primary CABG patients and their partners. However, there were differences reported as demonstrated by the partners' desire for more knowledge requirements than the primary CABG patients. Moreover, the primary CABG patients and their partners demonstrated a statistically significant correlation of the majority of knowledge requirements. Trends in the ratings with respect to health related characteristics suggested that CABG surgery was associated with lifestyle changes and an optimism for the future in both primary CABG patients and their partners. The findings were discussed relative to the conceptual framework for the study, other research studies, and the methodological problems inherent in the study. Implications and recommendations for nursing practice and nursing research were suggested.