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June 1998


This article has been peer-reviewed. It was originally published in Medsurg Nursing 7(3):148-51, 154-8, June 1998. (Journal homepage: Copyright is retained by Anthony J. Jannetti, Inc.


The relationship of postoperative patient-perceived nurse caring behaviors to symptom distress and functional status in 100 adult ambulatory surgical patients was examined. These behaviors explained 9.3% to 18.2% of the variance in functional status on the 1st, 4th, and 7th day postsurgery, and 10% of the variance in symptom distress on the 7th postoperative day after controlling for ASA physical status classification, preoperative symptom distress, and preoperative functional status.

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