|Learning Objective #1: identify 4 outcomes that are improved by specialised care for patients undergoing RARP.|
|Learning Objective #2: discuss the need for further research into specialization in the acute care environment for application of evidence based practice|
Results: Prospective data have been analysed during two trajectories of recovery. Mean duration of surgery was 204 (SD = 15) minutes. Length of stay was 3 (SD =0.716) days for both groups. In the acute phase, group one patients reported pain as being mild in intensity, while group two reported moderate to high pain. Higher levels of mobility, mood and sleep were also evident for group one participants. In the intermediate phase key differences emerged, group one were better informed regarding wound care and pain management and hence better able to manage their recovery. Key intermediate trajectory qualitative themes to emerge from group two supported the acute trajectory findings.
Discussion: Findings suggest that RARP patient group cared for in a specialist postoperative nursing environment experience a faster recovery with the provision of more effective patient management and education. These results provide the basis for development of evidence based practice guidelines to optimise care for this patient cohort.