The information requirements and self-perceptions of Turkish women undergoing hysterectomy

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Gercek E., Dal N. A., Dag H., Şenveli S.

PAKISTAN JOURNAL OF MEDICAL SCIENCES, vol.32, no.1, pp.165-170, 2016 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 32 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Doi Number: 10.12669/pjms.321.7962
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.165-170
  • Keywords: Pre and Post-Hysterectomy, Discharge, Information Needs, Psychological Status, EDUCATION, OUTCOMES, RISK
  • Dokuz Eylül University Affiliated: No


Objectives: To investigate the affects, information requirements and self-perceptions of Turkish women undergoing hysterectomy.

Methods: A descriptive cross-sectional study was conducted on 37 Turkish women undergoing hysterectomy and followed in a gynecology unit of a state hospital in Canakkale, Turkey, between February and August 2012. Data were collected before discharge with a questionnaire composed of 32 questions. Percentage distributions and Chi-square test were used in the evaluation of the data.

Results: There was a significant relationship between fear of anesthesia and number of pregnancies (p=0.007) and between death during surgery and number of pregnancies in the preoperative period (p=0.027). The relationship between knowing type of surgery and knowing when sutures would be removed was also significant in post-operative period (p=0.045). In addition, there was a significant relationship between women's living only with their husbands and worrying about not having children anymore (p=0.032).

Conclusion: The women's information needs were high and women's self-perceptions had been affected negatively after hysterectomy. It is recommended that nurses, primarily health professionals should have adequate knowledge on comprehensive care and psychosocial support after hysterectomy.