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Older Adults' Perceptions of Pictograph-Based Discharge Instructions after Hip Replacement Surgery.
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PMID:  23614382     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Current text-based discharge instructions are unsuitable for low-literate older adults who have difficulty following written action-based instructions. To address this issue, we developed discharge instructions for low-literate older adults after hip replacement surgery using pictographs (i.e., simple line drawings with stick 3 gures showing explicit care actions). The aim of this focus group study was to examine the acceptability and comprehension of these instructions to 15 low-literate older adults. Participants perceived that the pictograph-based discharge instructions helped them understand the intended health care messages, especially for step-by-step procedures of discharge actions. The black-and-white line drawings were well received by all participants of various race/ethnicity. A pictograph-based approach is an effective strategy for developing discharge instructions not only for patients with low-literate skills in acute health care settings, but also for immigrants with significant communication challenges. Future research is suggested to compare the effects of pictograph-based and text-based instructions on adherence to instructions and health outcomes.
Jeungok Choi
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2013-4-26
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of gerontological nursing     Volume:  -     ISSN:  0098-9134     ISO Abbreviation:  J Gerontol Nurs     Publication Date:  2013 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-4-25     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7510258     Medline TA:  J Gerontol Nurs     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  1-7     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright 2013, SLACK Incorporated.
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