Feasibility of an iPad to facilitate communication in postoperative patients with head and neck cancer Journal Article


Authors: Brunner, T. H.; DiFortuna, K.; LeTang, M.; Murphy, J.; Stemplewicz, K.; Kovacs, M.; DeRosa, A. P.; Gibson, D. S.; Ginex, P. K.
Article Title: Feasibility of an iPad to facilitate communication in postoperative patients with head and neck cancer
Abstract: Purpose: To measure the feasibility of a communication application and an iPad to facilitate communication in postoperative patients with head and neck cancer. Design: A prospective feasibility study. Methods: This IRB-approved study was conducted in the postanesthesia care unit at an urban comprehensive cancer center. The participants included patients with head and neck cancer who underwent surgery that resulted in altered communication. Questionnaires were developed and administered to measure feasibility and patient satisfaction at different time points (preoperative, postoperative, and 1 to 4 days postoperatively). Findings: Of 38 patients in the study, 25 (66%) were able to use the customized iPad. Of these 25 patients, 15 (60%) were satisfied or somewhat satisfied with it. 84% found the customized iPad to be very or somewhat helpful for communication after surgery. Conclusions: Patients were satisfied with the customized iPad, and the study found that using technology such as this was feasible in the immediate postoperative period. © 2017 American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses
Keywords: patient satisfaction; communication; postoperative; technology; augmentative and alternative communication (aac); mobile device
Journal Title: Journal of PeriAnesthesia Nursing
Volume: 33
Issue: 4
ISSN: 1089-9472
Publisher: Elsevier Science, Inc.  
Date Published: 2018-08-01
Start Page: 399
End Page: 406
Language: English
DOI: 10.1016/j.jopan.2016.10.008
PROVIDER: scopus
PUBMED: 30077281
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Notes: Article -- Export Date: 1 August 2018 -- Source: Scopus
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  1. Pamela K Ginex
    41 Ginex
  2. Donna Gibson
    14 Gibson
  3. Antonio P DeRosa
    32 DeRosa
  4. Magda   Kovacs
    3 Kovacs
  5. Jane Ellen Murphy
    3 Murphy
  6. Michael Joseph Letang
    4 Letang