Chaboyer, W., Ringdal, M., Aitken, L. M. & Kendall, E. (2013). Self-care after traumatic injury and the use of the therapeutic self care scale in trauma populations. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 69(2), pp. 286-294. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2648.2012.06005.x
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Aims: To report a correlational study of the relationship between gender, age, severity of injury, length of hospital stay and self-care behaviour in patients with traumatic injuries.
Background: This study may provide a foundation for targeted nursing intervention and education programmes to help patients better recover from their injury, which is a fundamental aspect of nursing.
Design: A longitudinal cohort study.
Method: This study of patients hospitalized for traumatic injury was conducted from May 2006–November 2007. The Therapeutic Self Care Scale along with demographic and clinical data, were completed at 3 and 6 months after hospital discharge. Using data from the 3-month survey, the validity and reliability of the scale was calculated. Multiple regression was used to identify predictors of self-care at 3 and 6 months.
Finding: Participants (n = 125) completed the questionnaire at 3 months and 103 participants completed it at 6 months. Self-care was high on both occasions and high self-care at 3 months was related to high self-care at 6 months. Older participants reported higher self-care at 3 months compared with younger patients. Factor analysis of the scale revealed three clear components; taking medication, recognition and managing symptoms and managing changes in health conditions, which explained a total of 59·8% of the variance. The 10-item revised scale was reliable.
Conclusion: The findings indicate that self-care remains fairly high and stable in the first 6 months after trauma. The revised Therapeutic Self Care Scale was valid and reliable in the trauma population.
|Additional Information:||This is the accepted version of the following article: Chaboyer, W., Ringdal, M., Aitken, L. and Kendall, E. (2013), Self-care after traumatic injury and the use of the therapeutic self care scale in trauma populations. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 69: 286–294, which has been published in final form at http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2648.2012.06005.x|
|Uncontrolled Keywords:||measurements, nursing, recovery, self-care, traumatic injury|
|Subjects:||R Medicine > RC Internal medicine|
|Divisions:||School of Health Sciences > Healthcare Research Unit|
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