BACKGROUND: Patient experience is a key quality outcome for modern health services, but most existing survey methods are long and setting-specific. We identified the need for a short generic questionnaire for tracking patient experience. METHODS: We describe the development and validation of the howRwe questionnaire. This has two items relating to clinical care (treat you kindly; listen and explain) and two items relating to the organisation of care (see you promptly; well organised) as perceived by patients. Each item has four responses (excellent, good, fair and poor).
Methods for procurement, processing and distribution of allograft tissues have changed rapidly and many of the advances have resulted in widespread use of allograft tissues for reconstruction. However, unlike other types of orthopaedic implants, these human graft tissues are not simple commodities delivered to the surgeon or operating room in prepackaged sterile containers, but rather are more akin to gifts from a donor to a patient in need.
During a consensus conference in Fall, 1998, the Academic Orthopaedic Society identified the values and qualities of professionalism as defined by its members. One hundred eighty-six respondents rated 20 characteristics and values describing professionalism, based on the extent to which they believed each item was appropriate. The five items receiving highest average ratings were: integrity, trustworthiness, responsibility, reliability, and accountability. Principal components analysis yielded five factors that captured 62% of the total variability.
The International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis
Orthopedic hand-surgery patients experience severe pain postoperatively, yet they must engage in painful exercises and wound care shortly after surgery; poor patient involvement may result in loss of function and disfigurement. This study tested a hypnosis intervention designed to reduce pain perception, enhance postsurgical recovery, and facilitate rehabilitation. Using a quasi-experimental research design, 60 hand-surgery patients received either usual treatment or usual treatment plus hypnosis.
436 patients from two different clinics of internal medicine and one orthopaedic unit were asked to fill a questionnaire on their attitude towards and use of alternative medicine. Of the 272 questionnaires returned, 235 could be used for analysis. 42.6% of all analysed persons confirmed use of alternative medicine. About half of them were motivated to do so by their nursing staff. Homeopathy was by far the most frequently used method. Persons who used alternative medicine were characterised by a distinct environmental awareness and regular sports activity.