Learning Objective 1: This study aimed to explore the experience of patients with traumatic injury prior to hospital discharge.
Learning Objective 2: This study aimed to explore the experience of patients with traumatic injury prior to hospital discharge.
Methods: Data were collected in a trauma unit of a hospital in south Taiwan. Exploratory phenomenology was applied in this study. Purposive sample of thirteen participants was interviewed in-depth and audiotaped. Colaizzi's methods were used to analyze transcripts of the interviews. Institutional Review Board approval was given by the research.
Results: Seven men and seven women were interviewed. Participants were 48.0 ± 12.5 years old. The average of the Injury Severity Score is 15.2 ± 5.2. Six themes were delineated. They are: (1) experienced acute pain after the injury, (2) unable to fulfill daily needs, (3) concern with impacts caused by the injury, (4) time needed for recovery, (5) applying multiple methods to restore one’s health and (6) attribute the accident to fatalism.
Conclusion: Findings from this study are both injury-bound and culture-bound. These findings may provide the basis to underpin the longitudinal follow-up for those experiencing traumatic injury, and give information to clinicians while caring this patient group.
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