Date of Award

Spring 1977

Degree Type

Thesis - Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)




The paper is a descriptive research study done in a metropolitan hospital using the grounded method of categorizing data. Twenty-three post-operative cardiac surgical subjects were interviewed regarding their recall and perceptions of the operating room experience. Twenty of the tape-recorded interviews from these subjects constitute the sample data of this study. The data were classified into eight major and eight secondary categories. All categories emerged from the data and were not preconceived by the investigator. Category content was displayed, analysed, and compared to demographic data for each category. No statistical manipulations other than number and percentage were done and no correlation of cause and effect was found between the demographic data and the category data. Results of the study describe and catergorize the free response recall of perceptions of the operating room experience of the twenty research subjects. Recommendations for further research into the needs of clients undergoing cardiac surgery were made. The Marquette University Agreement of Consent for the Protection of Human Subjects was used. Signed copies of the consent form are on file in the Office of Research Support of Marquette University.



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