The Presence Of Nurses With Their Patients

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In September 2013 a study by Janis Tuxbury was published researching the presence felt among telehealth nurses with their interaction with their patients. This study was a qualitative study, which employed interviews of the nurses as the basis of data information. In this study, they asked the nurses to specifically report instances with their patients that signified presence while delivering care and education. Tuxbury defined presence as a flow of communication between the nurse and the patient that benefit both the nurse and the patient. The study further defined the process of presence in telehealth as the call, the response, the choice to participate in dialogue, meeting, relating, and, lastly, presence. The stage of meeting was truly…show more content…
Furthermore, the nurses’ recollection of how the interaction proceeded could introduce bias because the nurses’ may have thought they were interacting well with the patients when in fact the patient’s were not; this could be corrected by tape-recording, once again, and also interviewing the nurse and the patient after the conversation to determine their satisfaction. Another limitation to Tuxbury’s study was that the sample was only taken from one geographical area, which could lead to bias and future studies should expand the geographical sampling area. Tuxbury’s study about presence felt during the nurse-patient interaction during a phone call was done as a qualitative study because it spoke about a state of feeling that was immeasurable. In 2006, a team lead by Stanley Finkelstein studied a different aspect of telemedicine and looked at the cost factor. Finkelstein’s research team was a randomized controlled trial and evaluated the outcomes, costs, and satisfaction of the patients receiving telemedicine therapy versus traditional treatment for their chronic conditions including: chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), congestive heart failure (CHF) and chronic wound care (CWC). Finkelstein recruited 68 individuals that met three criteria as well had recently discharged from a hospital or those receiving a reduced number of home healthcare nurses per month. The participants were randomized into three categories: a control, a video group, and a
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