Journal of Education and
Research in Nursing
Original Article

The Perioperative Experience of Patients Undergoing Spinal Surgery During the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Qualitative Study


Department of Nursing, İstanbul Atlas University Faculty of Health Sciences, İstanbul, Turkey


Faculty of Health Sciences, Department of Nursing, İstanbul Medeniyet University, Istanbul, Turkey


Sultan Abdülhamid Han Training and Research Hospital, İstanbul, Turkey

Journal of Education and Research in Nursing 2022; 19: 220-227
DOI: 10.5152/jern.2022.21032
Read: 78 Downloads: 39 Published: 01 June 2022

Background: The novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) spreading worldwide has caused many restrictions in the lives of individuals as well as in hospitals. There is a need to exam- ine the effects of COVID-19 and these restriction practices on patients undergoing surgical intervention.

Methods: The study sample consisted of 20 patients who underwent elective spinal surgery during the COVID-19 pandemic in a training and research hospital in Istanbul. Data were collected via semi-structured interviews by using telephone. The content analysis was used.

Results: In this study, the patients stated that they experienced anxiety during the decision- making process, were forced to make decision due to the difficulties they experienced, and overcame their concerns by trusting the hospital and their doctors. Most of the patients stated that they had fear of transmission of infection during their hospitalization and expressed that they had trust and distrust of preventive measures taken at the hospital. In addition to patients who felt ready to be discharged after surgery, there were also patients who stated that they wanted to stay in the hospital more due to pain. Most of the patients stated that they tried to cope with the problems such as wound care and pain at home by themselves.

Conclusion: The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant effect on patients who need sur- gical care. In addition to the implementation of preventive measures against infection, the use of technological applications such as telehealth for educating patients before the sur- gery and follow-up after surgery can improve the experience of patients in the perioperative process during the pandemic.

Cite this article as: Güven B, İbrahimoğlu Ö, Akyol E, Güngör M. The perioperative experience of patients undergoing spinal surgery during the covid-19 pandemic: A qualitative study. J Educ Res Nurs. 2022;19(2):220-227.

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