A comparison between the opinions of laryngectomees and spouses on what the ideal information provided for each group should be
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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Background: Previous literature has reported laryngectomees and their spouses to be dissatisfied with the information that was provided about the operation and its' consequences. Aims: To gather qualitative data from laryngectomees and their spouses which both groups consider is the ideal information to best prepare each group for a laryngectomy operation, and life afterwards. Methods & Procedures: A questionnaire was completed by laryngectomees and spouses in Wales. Outcomes & Results: 22 questionnaires were completed and returned from 13 laryngectomees and 9 spouses. Psychological advice such as reassurance and encouagement was appreciated more so than practical advice, for example communication, or product advice. Spouses were the ones who had to absorb all prepatory information for the operation and adjusting to life afterwards given by professionals, as patients reported to be in a state of shock and therefore unable to take in much information. Support and advice from a rehabilitated laryngectomee and their spouse was highly recommended. Conclusions & Implications: Following the different charcteristics of laryngectomee and spouse complied from the results, it becomes apparent that spouse education and support is something which needs to be encouraged and improved.
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