Patients' preferences regarding their participation in nursing care decisions represent a key aspect of the concept of evidence-based nursing; nonetheless, very little quantitative research has been carried out in this area. The aim of the present study was to describe the patients' preferences and experience concerning their participation in nursing care decision-making processes in acute hospitals. A total of 967 patients in five hospitals in Vienna participated in this study by completing questionnaires. The results revealed that 38.5 % of patients preferred the paternalistic style of decision-making, 42.1 % wanted to make decisions together with the nursing staff and 5.7 % expressed a wish to make their own decisions. During their hospital stay, however, patients experienced paternalistic decision-making to a higher degree than they wished for. Age, sex, form of treatment and subjectively experienced health condition represented person-related characteristics that influenced preferences regarding the form of decision-making. The results of this study underline the importance of collecting data on patients' preferences in decision-making processes in order to meet the social, legal, and professional demands of patient-oriented nursing care based on the most recent scientific knowledge.
|Translated title of the contribution||Patients' preferences and experience regarding participation in nursing care decisions in acute hospitals - an analysis of conformity of preferences and experience, and factors influencing different types of decision making|
|Number of pages||9|
|Publication status||Published - Dec 2009|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Nursing (all)