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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).
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 …
Source of funding: Copenhagen Hospital Cooperation Research Council.