`Don`t call me sweetie!` patients differ from nurses in their perceptions of caring

Gardner, Anne, Goodsell, Jane, Duggan, Tracey, Murtha, Beverley, Peck, Cheryl and Williams, Jan 2001, `Don`t call me sweetie!` patients differ from nurses in their perceptions of caring, Collegian: journal of the Royal College of Nursing Australia, vol. 8, no. 3, pp. 32-38.

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Title `Don`t call me sweetie!` patients differ from nurses in their perceptions of caring
Author(s) Gardner, Anne
Goodsell, Jane
Duggan, Tracey
Murtha, Beverley
Peck, Cheryl
Williams, Jan
Journal name Collegian: journal of the Royal College of Nursing Australia
Volume number 8
Issue number 3
Start page 32
End page 38
Publisher Elsevier Ltd.
Place of publication Amsterdam, Netherlands
Publication date 2001
ISSN 1322-7696
Keyword(s) caring behaviours
patient-nurse perceptions
forced choice response
Q methodology
Summary Effective nursing care relies on congruent nurse-patient perception of needs. This study used Q methodology to compare nurses' and patients' perceptions of important nursing care behaviour. Q methodology applies statistical analysis to qualitative data through a technique of comparative rating using a forced choice format. The Care Q Sort, comprising fifty statements of nursing behaviour, was administered to nurses and patients from medical wards. Participants ranked the nursing behaviours from most to least important. Analysis was completed on 74 rankings. There was agreement for many behaviours but bimodal distributions for nurses' scores for some statements which may be attributable to different professional levels. An additional open comments section provided an experiential dimension to the research results. The findings will inform nursing practice and patient care planning.
Language eng
Field of Research 111003 Clinical Nursing: Secondary (Acute Care)
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2001, Royal College of Nursing, Australia
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30004239

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