Patients’ and their families’ coping resources at six weeks following back surgery

Päivi K. Leikkola, Mika T. Helminen, Eija E-M. Paavilainen, Päivi M. Åstedt-Kurki


Background: New research knowledge of adult back surgery patients’ and family members’ coping resources can help promote the development of their family nursing.

Purpose: The purpose of the study was to assess patients’ and their family members’ coping resources and related factors six weeks after back surgery.

Methods: Quantitative data were collected from 61 patients and 50 family members by structured, self-administered instruments designed to measure their coping.

Results: Important coping resources for patients and their families were found to involve patient’s motivation to recover, normalcy of daily life and the whole family’s trust in nursing staff. Patients’ overall coping was found to be negatively associated with deteriorated health and mood, insecurity regarding future, social isolation and increased problems in family life, whereas family members’ overall coping was negatively associated with the patient’s poor health status and the family members’ social isolation.

Conclusion: Patients’ and their families’ coping resources are influenced by the patient’s health status and motivation to recover, by home circumstances, family relationships and family’s trust in nursing staff.

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Clinical Nursing Studies
ISSN 2324-7940(Print)   ISSN 2324-7959(Online)

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