Document Type

Article

Publication Date

11-2008

Source Publication

Clinical Nursing Research

Source ISSN

1054-7738

Abstract

Coping difficulties of 113 adults 3 weeks after hospital discharge were identified using the Post-Discharge Coping Difficulty Scale and a brief focused telephone interview (11-item guide). Overall, low difficulty scores were reported (M = 23.9, SD = 18.2, range = 0 to 100). Qualitative data reveal specific coping difficulties in the categories of stressors, specific difficulties, caring for self, managing the condition, family, advice needed, contact with the health care system, and what they wished they knew before discharge. A core theme of biographical reconstruction emerged.

Comments

Accepted version. Clinical Nursing Research, Vol. 17, No. 4 (November 2008): 278-296. DOI. © SAGE Publications 2008. Used with permission.