Evid Based Nurs 11:26 doi:10.1136/ebn.11.1.26
  • Quality improvement

Patient education after inguinal hernia surgery did not differ from routine information for pain at rest at 7 days

J Glindvad

Correspondence to: J Glindvad, Bispebjerg Hospital, Telefon, Denmark;


In patients having surgery for inguinal hernia, does postoperative patient education at discharge and a follow-up telephone call reduce pain up to 1 week after surgery?



randomised controlled trial.




blinded (data entry operators and data analysts).

Follow-up period:

1, 3, and 7 days after surgery.


a hospital in Denmark.


234 patients >18 years of age having elective, unilateral inguinal hernia surgery. Exclusion criteria were planned laparoscopic or bilateral surgery and inability to complete a pain diary or communicate in Danish.


103 patients were allocated to postoperative patient education (30–60 min), which was delivered by a project nurse at discharge and addressed previous pain experiences, analgesic use, movement and lifting, wound care, complications, relaxation, prevention of constipation, and return to work. Key points were …

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