Publication Type:

Journal Article


Cardiol Young, Volume 26, Issue 6, p.1213-20 (2016)



<p><b>UNLABELLED: </b>Introduction In many developing countries, children with CHD are now receiving surgical repair or palliation for their complex medical condition. Consequently, parents require more in-depth discharge education programmes to enable them to recognise complications and manage their children's care after hospital discharge. This investigation evaluated the effectiveness of a structured nurse-led parent discharge teaching programme on nurse, parent, and child outcomes in India. Materials and methods A quasi-experimental investigation compared nurse and parent home care knowledge before and at two time points after the parent education discharge instruction program's implementation. Child surgical-site infections and hospital costs were compared for 6 months before and after the discharge programme's implementation.</p><p><b>RESULTS: </b>Both nurses (n=63) and parents (n=68) participated in this study. Records of 195 children who had undergone cardiac surgery were reviewed. Nurses had a high-level baseline home care knowledge that increased immediately after the discharge programme's implementation (T1=24.4±2.89; T2=27.4±1.55; p0.05) after the programme's implementation.</p><p><b>CONCLUSION: </b>Nurse, parent, and child outcomes were improved after implementation of the structured nurse-led parent discharge programme for parents in India. Structured nurse-led parent discharge programmes may help prepare parents to provide better home care for their children after cardiac surgery. Further investigation of causality and influencing factors is warranted.</p>

Cite this Research Publication

S. L. Staveski, Parveen, V. P., Madathil, S. B., Kools, S., and Franck, L. S., “Parent education discharge instruction program for care of children at home after cardiac surgery in Southern India.”, Cardiol Young, vol. 26, no. 6, pp. 1213-20, 2016.