The purpose of this study was to find out the interpretations of activity orders by physicians and nurses in one selected hospital, and to compare the findings of this study to Roose's study to develop a guide for these activity orders. Roose, who surveyed the interpretations of activity orders by physicians and nurses in a group of hospitals, recommended that the same study be replicated in one hospital to find out the discrepancies of interpretation by physicians and nurses in one environment. This study, based on that recommendation, surveyed interpretations by physicians and nurses of four activity orders: (1) complete bed rest, (2) bed rest with bedside commode, (3) bed rest with bathroom privileges, and (4) ambulation. The data was collected by a questionnaire developed by Roose and was administered to sixty-four physicians and twenty-seven nurses in one selected hospital. The data collected on the activity orders were analyzed for discrepancies of interpretations between physicians and nurses as well as among physicians and among nurses. The results were compared with Roose's study and the following findings were noted: (1) the same number of discrepancies in interpretation of the activity orders were found between physicians and nurses in this study as in Roose's study; (2) there were fewer discrepancies of opinions among physicians and nurses in this study than in Roose's study. When the results of the two studies were combined, the following findings were noted: (1) bed rest with bathroom privileges was found to have the greatest number of discrepancies of interpretation between physicians and nurses; (2) bed rest with bedside commode was found to have the highest number of discrepancies in interpretation among physicians and among nurses; (3) complete bed rest and ambulation were found to have the most agreement between and among physicians and nurses. A guide for the four activity orders was developed from the combined results of both studies.
Frances L. Fickess
Ellen L. Gibson
Donald L. John
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Staley, Sharon Jean, "Interpretation of Activity Orders by Physicians and Nurses" (1965). Loma Linda University Electronic Theses, Dissertations & Projects. 1611.
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