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Revista da Escola de Enfermagem da USP

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Rev. esc. enferm. USP vol.53  São Paulo  2019  Epub Jan 31, 2019 


Effectiveness of a home care teaching program for prostatectomized patients: a randomized controlled clinical trial*

Efectividad de un programa de enseñanza para cuidado domiciliario de pacientes prostatectomizados: ensayo clínico controlado randomizado

Luciana Regina Ferreira da Mata1 

Cissa Azevedo1 

Mariana Ferreira Vaz Gontijo Bernardes1 

Tânia Couto Machado Chianca1 

Maria da Graça Pereira2 

Emilia Campos de Carvalho3 

1Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Escola de Enfermagem, Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil.

2Universidade do Minho, Escola de Psicologia, Braga, Portugal.

3Universidade de São Paulo, Escola de Enfermagem de Ribeirão Preto, Ribeirão Preto, SP, Brazil.



To evaluate the effectiveness of a teaching program for hospital discharge of patients submitted to radical prostatectomy based on the self-efficacy construct of the Cognitive Social Theory.


A controlled clinical trial carried out on a 2-month follow-up of 68 prostatectomized men randomized into intervention group (n = 34) and control (n = 34). The intervention group received routine guidance from the service plus the teaching program. The control group only received routine guidance from the service. The data collection instruments were: sociodemographic and clinical questionnaire, self-efficacy scale, hospital depression and anxiety scale, household care knowledge questionnaire, and an item on satisfaction with a score of 1 to 5.


There was a significant difference between the intragroups for satisfaction (p<0.001) and knowledge (p<0.001) of the pre-test to the post-test. In the intervention group, there were significant changes between the times for anxiety (p=0.011) and knowledge (p<0.001).


The teaching program with a combination of oral guidance, written instruction and telephone follow-up was effective in improving knowledge about home care and personal satisfaction. Brazilian Registry of Clinical Trials: RBR-5n95rm.

DESCRIPTORS: Oncology Nursing; Prostatic Neoplasms; Prostatectomy; Health Education; Patient Discharge; Clinical Trial



Evaluar la efectividad de un programa de enseñanza para alta hospitalaria de pacientes sometidos a la prostatectomía radical, pautado en el constructo de la autoeficacia de la Teoría Social Cognitiva.


Ensayo clínico controlado, realizado en seguimiento de dos meses, con 68 hombres prostatectomizados, aleatorizados en grupo de intervención (n=34) y de control (n=34). El grupo de intervención recibió orientaciones de rutina del servicio más el programa de enseñanza. El grupo de control recibió solo orientaciones de rutina del servicio. Los instrumentos de recolección de datos fueron: cuestionario sociodemográfico y clínico, escala de autoeficacia, escala de ansiedad y depresión hospitalaria, cuestionario de conocimiento sobre cuidados domiciliarios y un ítem sobre satisfacción con puntaje de 1 a 5.


Hubo diferencia significativa entre e intra grupos para satisfacción (p<0,001) y conocimiento (p<0,001) de la pre prueba a la post prueba. En el grupo intervención, hubo cambios significativos entre los tiempos para ansiedad (p=0,011) y conocimiento (p<0,001).


El programa de enseñanza con combinación de orientación oral, escrita y seguimiento telefónico se mostró efectivo en la mejoría del conocimiento en cuanto a los cuidados domiciliarios y satisfacción de los individuos. Registro Brasileño de Ensayos Clínicos: RBR-5n95rm.

DESCRIPTORES: Enfermería Oncológica; Neoplasias de la Próstata; Prostatectomía; Educación en Salud; Alta del Paciente; Ensayo Clínico



Avaliar a efetividade de um programa de ensino para alta hospitalar de pacientes submetidos à prostatectomia radical, pautado no construto da autoeficácia da Teoria Social Cognitiva.


Ensaio clínico controlado, realizado em seguimento de 2 meses, com 68 homens prostatectomizados, randomizados em grupo-intervenção (n=34) e controle (n=34). O grupo-intervenção recebeu orientações de rotina do serviço mais o programa de ensino. O grupo-controle recebeu apenas orientações de rotina do serviço. Os instrumentos de coleta de dados foram: questionário sociodemográfico e clínico, escala de autoeficácia, escala de ansiedade e depressão hospitalar, questionário de conhecimento sobre cuidados domiciliares e um item sobre satisfação com pontuação de 1 a 5.


Houve diferença significativa entre e intragrupos para satisfação (p<0,001) e conhecimento (p<0,001) do pré-teste para o pós-teste. No grupo-intervenção, houve mudanças significativas entre os tempos para ansiedade (p=0,011) e conhecimento (p<0,001).


O programa de ensino com combinação de orientação oral, escrita e acompanhamento telefônico mostrou-se efetivo na melhoria do conhecimento quanto aos cuidados em domicílio e satisfação dos indivíduos. Registro Brasileiro de Ensaios Clínicos: RBR-5n95rm.

DESCRITORES: Enfermagem Oncológica; Neoplasias da Próstata; Prostatectomia; Educação em Saúde; Alta do Paciente; Ensaio Clínico


Radical prostatectomy (RP) is considered the first choice option for patients with potentially curable prostate cancer and consists of removing the prostate and seminal vesicles by open surgery, laparoscopic or laparoscopic surgery assisted by robots1)-(2. After performing RP, patients may experience physical and psychological changes, including painful bladder spasms, fatigue, decreased physical capacity, urinary tract infection and surgical incision, constipation, sexual impotence, urinary incontinence, anxiety and depression1),(3)-(4. In this context, individuals submitted to RP are not always prepared for the challenges to be faced, which reinforces the need for the health team to be sensitive to the peculiarities of this care in order to offer support for male adaptation3.

Nursing is responsible for planning and implementing training on post-discharge care, and the guiding question of such training refers to the stimulation of self-care capacity and the specificity of the challenges and psychological needs of these individuals1),(5.

The current tendency to shorten the hospitalization period has an effect on the time spent on developing educational activities among patients and their families, which may negatively interfere with their preparation for discharge1),(6. Guidelines in the context of the postoperative needs of RP are important and should refer to surgical wound care, handling of the indwelling urinary catheter (IUC) procedure at home, exercises to reestablish urinary continence, as well as to allow the dialogue regarding complications such as erectile dysfunction and urinary incontinence, which cause suffering for both men and their partners1),(7.

The capacity for self-care is based on the construct of self-efficacy, which is defined as the “personal conviction that one can successfully perform an action to produce desirable results in a given situation”8)-(9. Thus, it is suggested that knowing and stimulating a patient’s self-efficacy in the postoperative period of RP are important, since this construct influences the patient’s choices regarding the courses of action that can be performed, as well as the effort made to achieve their objectives1. It also influences “how long they will persevere in the face of obstacles and failures, how much stress, anxiety, and depression they experience with environmental demands, and ultimately the level of achievement they achieve”1),(10.

Thus, the Cognitive Social Theory was the theoretical reference used to support the accomplishment of this study, which is justified when proposing an evaluation of a teaching program that prepares nurses for discharging prostatectomized patients, structured from the belief of self-efficacy. It is hoped that the intervention will help the clinical performance of nursing in this stage of care and thus increase the knowledge, satisfaction and self-efficacy of these individuals in home care, and consequently reduce the psychological changes such as anxiety and depression which when associated are called psychological morbidity. Thus, the objective of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of a teaching program for hospital discharge of patients submitted to radical prostatectomy, based on the self-efficacy construct of the Cognitive Social Theory.



This is an experimental, parallel, single-blind randomized controlled trial that was performed in surgical units of three hospitals in the interior of Minas Gerais, Brazil, between January 2012 and February 2013.


Patients submitted to RP, older than 18 years, with cognitive (Mini mental state exam)11, locomotor, visual, auditory and self-care abilities were considered eligible, and who had a telephone (fixed or cellular) to follow-up the teaching program. Those who had difficulty receiving telephone calls were excluded.

The sample calculation was based on the expected difference between the control group (CG) and the intervention group (IG) in relation to self-efficacy after treatment and in an estimated annual population of 155 men submitted to RP. It considered a difference between the groups of approximately 30 points, with a standard deviation around 4212, for a significance level of 5% and a power of 80%, thereby estimating a sample of 33 individuals in each group.

Identification of the participants occurred through the surgical block agenda of the three hospital institutions, randomized into two groups: intervention and control. Weekly contact was made with the secretaries of the surgical blocks to survey the patients who would undergo RP in the following week. With the patient’s name, their bed was identified on the second postoperative day and an invitation to participate in the study was made.

The randomization was carried out by a draw, so that blocks of 20 individuals were adopted. Thus, 10 opaque mini-envelopes were placed in an opaque envelope, containing a card written “intervention group”, and another 10 identical mini-envelopes containing a card with the word “control group”. After applying the data collection instruments, the principal investigator asked the participant to draw a mini-envelope, which randomly defined in which group he would be allocated.


The intervention occurred in a follow-up of 30 days. Individuals in the IG received individualized support during the RP rehabilitation period, subdivided into three moments: Moment 0 (second postoperative day): delivery of the booklet “Guidelines for home care: radical prostate surgery” and read all the information contained in the material with the participant, reinforcing the capacity to perform self-care. Devices used for urinary incontinence were also presented such as the leg bag, urinary collector and the male absorbent; Moment 1 (third to fifth day after hospital discharge): telephone contact to clarify doubts and reinforce the guidelines contained in the booklet, as well as reinforce the individual’s ability to perform care (average duration of the connection - 15 minutes); Moment 2 (30 days after hospital discharge): new telephone contact to clarify doubts, review the guidelines contained in the booklet and reinforce the individual’s ability to perform care (average duration of the call - 12 minutes).

The booklet elaborated by the authors presents easy-to-understand language with illustrations to facilitate understanding, and contains information related to home care with UCD, surgical incision, bath and feeding, pain medications, identifying complications, guidelines on exercise practice, erectile dysfunction and strengthening the pelvic muscles13)-(14. The printed booklet was submitted for evaluation as to the appropriateness and adequacy of writing, content and visual appearance. The following evaluators participated in the evaluation stage: two nurses with doctorate degrees and researchers in the area of surgical and urology nursing; a urologist doctor, a doctor of surgery and a member of the clinical staff of urologist surgeons from one of the hospitals under study; a journalist with a master’s in communication sociology; and one patient who underwent radical prostatectomy 6 months earlier.

For the telephone contact, a script was drawn up based on the construct of the self-efficacy of the Cognitive Social Theory, from the persuasion source with the purpose of promoting positive reinforcement and incentives so that the learning was promptly translated into action. The script was evaluated by five nurse researchers who develop studies in the area of patient education from the adopted theoretical framework9.

Men allocated into the CG received usual guidelines from the health professionals of the respective services. Normally, nursing professionals explained about UCD care, and the physician about returning for UCD withdrawal and outpatient follow-up. No participating health service provided booklets or telephone follow-up.


First, a pre-test was performed from a convenience sample of nine patients submitted to radical prostatectomy at the three hospitals in order to standardize the way of implementing the intervention and applying the data collection instruments in order to improve the interview skills of the two researchers involved.

Data collection was performed in two different moments. The first moment occurred before starting the study interventions on the second postoperative day, and the second occurred on the second medical return before the medical appointment (60 days after discharge). In the first and second moments of the data collection, the two interviewers did not know (a priori) the allocation of the participants into the respective groups (CG and IG), which characterized their blindness in these data collection stages.

The following instruments were used to collect data: sociodemographic and clinical questionnaire, general and perceived self-efficacy scale (primary outcome)15, hospital anxiety and depression scale (HADS) (secondary outcome)16, questionnaire to evaluate the knowledge (secondary outcome) of the participants about home care after RP, and an item to evaluate the satisfaction (secondary outcome) regarding home care.

The general and perceived self-efficacy scale adapted and validated for application in Brazil14 is composed of 10 items with Likert responses ranging from one to five, where the higher the score, the greater the perception of self-efficacy. Cronbach’s alpha in the present sample was 0.7417.

The HADS scale evaluates the psychological morbidity of the individual, was validated in Brazil16 and has 14 questions with Likert responses ranging from zero to three divided into two subscales, each with seven items. The overall score in each subscale ranges from zero to 21: no cases (score from zero to seven), doubtful or uncertain case (score of 8 to 10) and a case (score of 11 to 21). The interpretation of this instrument can also be made from the total score, with absence of anxiety and depression when the values are less than eight18. Cronbach’s alpha in the present sample was 0.8517.

The satisfaction with the guidelines for home care was verified through an item with a variation of one to five, being: one - extremely dissatisfied; and five - totally satisfied. A questionnaire of 23 items with “right”, “wrong” and “do not know” response options was then elaborated for evaluating knowledge. The sentences of this questionnaire were extracted from the booklet used for the intervention, where a point was assigned for each correct answer, and there were no points for the wrong answers or do not know. Figure 1 shows the schedule for the intervention moments and data collection.

Figure 1 Study scheme. 


The data were processed in a database using the Statistical Package for Social Science (SPSS), version 20.0 for Windows. Verification of the equivalence between the groups regarding the sociodemographic and clinical characteristics and the variables-outcome in the pre-test was performed through descriptive analysis and the Chi-square, Student’s T and Mann-Whitney tests.

A comparison between the IG and the CG regarding the gains obtained in the post-test was performed using the ANCOVA variance analysis, with self-efficacy, anxiety and psychological morbidity as dependent variables at the post-test moment, and the value of these variables in the pre-test as covariates. The Mann-Whitney test was used regarding knowledge and satisfaction. It was used the General linear model analysis for repeated measures in order to verify if there were significant differences in the self-efficacy, anxiety and psychological morbidity in the IG of the pre-test to the post-test when compared to the CG, considering the moment as the intra-subject factor (pre-test and post-test) and the group as the inter-subject factor (CG versus IG). Knowledge and satisfaction were evaluated by the Wilcoxon test for repeated measures in two moments (pre and post-test). Moreover, ANOVA and Kruskal-Wallis tests were used to verify the impact of the variables that did not present equivalence between the groups in the dependent variables studied in the pre-test and in the post-test. A significance level of 0.05 was adopted in all analyzes.


The study was approved by the Research Ethics Committee of one of the institutions involved (Opinion No. 042/2011) and registered in the Brazilian Registry of Clinical Trials, number RBR-5n95rm. It should be emphasized that the service offered in the three research sites does not differ in the treatment or guidance provided to the users.


Of the 96 patients eligible to participate in the study, 75 met the inclusion criteria. Of these, 35 were allocated to IG and 40 to CG. The difference in the number of participants initially allocated to each group is justified by the losses in the follow-up and to maintain the homogeneity of the sample size between IG and CG. Thus, the IG had a loss due to scheduling the medical return over 6 months, and the sample consisted of 34 individuals. In the CG there were six individuals lost, one due to stroke, three did not schedule the second medical return, one due to the prolonged use of UCD and one participant suffered contamination in the intervention. Therefore, the CG sample was also 34 individuals (Figure 2).

Figure 2 Flowchart of study participants: sampling procedure. 

According to the characterization data of the 68 participants, there were no significant differences between CG and IG as to age, education, income, background, professional status, number of people living with them, knowledge of prostate cancer diagnosis, waiting time for surgery, type of surgery and presence of comorbidities, which shows homogeneity between the groups, except for marital situation and type of care (p <0.05), according to data presented in Table 1.

Table 1 Characterization of the sample distributed into CG (control group) and IG (intervention group) regarding sociodemographic and clinical profile - Divinópolis, MG, Brazil, 2013. 

Variables CG (n=34) IG (n=34) p-value
Age* 63.9 (6.4) 64.2 (5.8) 0.8431
Education (years)* 5.5 (4.8) 6.9 (4.8) 0.2321
Individual monthly income* 1572.2 (1784.1) 2647.3 (3041.0) 0.0751
Number of people living with* 1.8 (1.1) 2.0 (1.2) 0.5361
Origin** Urban 26 (76.5) 28 (82.4) 0.3832
Rural 8 (23.5) 6 (17.6)
Profession** Active 10 (29.4) 8 (23.5) 0.3212
Retired and work 10 (29.4) 16 (47.1)
Retired 14 (41.2) 10 (29.4)
Marital status** Single 5 (14.7) 1 (2.9) 0.0282
Married/stable union 24 (70.6) 33 (97.1)
Widow 2 (5.9) -
Divorced/separated 3 (8.8) -
Healthcare** Private 10 (29.4) 6 (17.6) 0.0272
Health insurance 10 (29.4) 21 (61.8)
Public (SUS) 14 (41.2) 7 (20.6)
Diagnostic knowledge** Know 29 (85.3) 26 (76.5) 0.2692
Do not know 5 (14.7) 8 (23.5)
Waiting time for surgery** Less than 1 month 6 (17.6) 8 (23.5) 0.3822
1 to 3 months 12 (38.2) 15 (44.1)
4 to 12 months 14 (41.2) 8 (23.5)
> 12 months 1 (2.9) 3 (8.8)
Type of surgery** Open 25 (73.5) 26 (76.5) 0.5002
Video laparoscopic 9 (26.5) 8 (23.5)
Comorbidities** Yes 23 (67.6) 25 (73.5) 0.3952
No 11 (32.4) 9 (26.5)

1Student’s T-test; 2 Chi-square test; *Mean (SD); ** n (%).

We initially verified the equivalence of the groups in relation to self-efficacy, anxiety, psychological morbidity, satisfaction and knowledge, and observed significant differences between the IG and the CG in the post-test for satisfaction (p<0.001) and knowledge (p<0.001) (Table 2).

Table 2 Results of the differences between the levels of self-efficacy, anxiety, psychological morbidity, satisfaction and knowledge on the post-test with IG (intervention group) compared to CG (control group) - Divinópolis, MG, Brazil, 2013. 

Variables CG (n= 34) IG (n= 34) p-value
Self-efficacy* 39.7 (5.9) 40.9 (4.5) 0.0901
Anxiety* 6.9 (4.6) 5.9 (3.6) 0.1811
Psychological morbidity* 10.2 (6.4) 9.3 (5.1) 0.3761
Satisfaction** 4 (2.75-5.0) 5 (4.75-5.0) <0.0012
Knowledge** 13 (12-15) 22 (21-23) <0.0012

1ANCOVA test; 2 Mann-Whitney test; *Mean (SD); **Median (p25-p75).

In relation to satisfaction (p<0.001) and knowledge (p<0.001) in the IG, the changes from the pre-test to the post-test were statistically significant. There was a statistically significant change between the times only in the knowledge variable in the CG (p = 0.005).

No significant intra-subject differences were found in either group regarding the levels of self-efficacy, anxiety and psychological morbidity in the IG and CG from pre-test to post-test. However, when considering the analysis of anxiety from the cut-off point (values less than eight refer to the absence of anxiety), it was identified that anxiety presented a statistically significant difference from the pre-test to the post-test in the IG (p = 0.011).

As a result of the exploratory analyzes in order to analyze the impact of the variables marital situation and type of care, which did not present equivalence between the groups, it was found that there was an association of these with the dependent variables and the response to the intervention. Therefore, the type of care variable had a significant effect (p = 0.018) on the satisfaction with the guidelines received by the IG in the pre-test, and it was verified that individuals in private care had a higher level of satisfaction than those attended by the Unified Public Health System (SUS - Sistema Único de Saúde) and by health insurance. In the IG, the marital situation variable had a significant effect (p = 0.023) on satisfaction with the guidelines received in the post-test, and it was verified that married or consensual union individuals presented higher satisfaction compared to single individuals after the intervention.

Regarding the differences between the groups for the number of correct answers of the 23 questions on the knowledge assessment instrument, the IG subjects presented statistically significant post-test knowledge gain for 14 items (p <0.001) (surgical incision care and handling of bladder catheter, urinary incontinence and exercises for pelvic muscles, care during bowel movements, guidance on pain medications and proper nutrition, signs of complications, and clarification on problems with erection). It is noteworthy that there were no significant differences in the numbers of correct answers at the pre-test moment between the groups on the 23 questions.


This study evaluated the effect of an educational program for the home care of patients submitted to RP based on self-efficacy, anxiety, psychological morbidity, satisfaction and knowledge. It was found that the teaching program carried out through a combination of oral, written and telephone counseling was effective in improving the knowledge of home care and the satisfaction of prostatectomized patients.

Regarding self-efficacy and psychological morbidity, no differences were identified between the groups in the post-test moment. However, scholars point out that providing teaching, exploring, and confronting specific disease/treatment issues and concerns leads to a significant increase in self-efficacy, emotional well-being, and disease-specific knowledge/treatment19.

A clinical trial of 72 older adult males after RP identified increased self-efficacy and decreased levels of depression in these individuals from a peer support intervention. The intervention was based on Bandura’s theory of self-efficacy from the perspective of vicarious learning and social support. Eight meetings were held over eight weeks in order to discuss concerns and coping strategies of treatment effects. In the eighth week, the IG presented greater self-efficacy compared to CG (p = 0.005) and less depression (p = 0.02), which allowed the authors to conclude that support interventions based on vicarious experience are capable of increasing self-efficacy12.

The results pointed to an increase in patient satisfaction and more knowledge by the individuals regarding postoperative care from the teaching program. Researchers from other countries have also identified that the greatest benefits of educational interventions are related to knowledge gain and increased satisfaction with care20)-(21.

A study conducted in the United States20 aimed at determining if telephone educational follow-up after RP would increase overall patient satisfaction and understanding of home-based care management, as well as reduce the demand for health care resources; it identified that the understanding of health management was similar in both groups, however, all IG participants described the telephone call as a success, with a significant increase in satisfaction. Although the written materials addressed significant information about postoperative care, other concerns were identified through the experience of each participant, which highlights the importance of the telephone call post-discharge from the hospital. In addition, unplanned telephone calls were made more often to CG participants, who also had more doubts about their care20.

On the other hand, a similar study investigated the effectiveness of telephone consultations performed by nurses in the immediate postoperative period to optimize rehabilitation and patient satisfaction, and no difference in overall intervention effectiveness was identified regarding patient satisfaction and the feeling of safety and discomfort in the postoperative period. However, participants reported that the intervention provided better rehabilitation regarding pain management, IUC, bowel function and wound care21.

Providing information to patients has been considered essential for promoting adequate health care in order to increase the capacity for self-care and thus enable treatment continuity outside the hospital environment. Providing quality guidelines to the surgical patient implies increased knowledge, satisfaction and psychological well-being in the postoperative period, reducing the psychological morbidity resulting from the surgical experience and the physical changes after the procedure22)-(23.

Regarding the difference in IG results in the pre- and post-test from the established cut-off point for anxiety levels, it is known that lower anxiety levels of prostatectomized patients are positively reflected in their mental health, and non-compromised mental health can be associated with adequate development of coping mechanisms for stressors, which facilitates the management of post-operative physiological changes1),(24.

The higher satisfaction with the high guidance among married men/consensual union in the present study may be justified by the dependence they have on their women for understanding health information and for decision-making regarding care. The family generally presents itself as a fundamental piece in the different phases of the disease. It is expected that the intervention of health professionals will not be limited only to the patient, but also to the family, including the wife25. Including the partner in the guidelines for care enables making it more qualified to assist in the care of the patient after discharge, a situation which generates stress itself.

Regarding the results that indicated the higher satisfaction level of the patients in private care, no studies were found that confronted or directly corroborated such finding. A possible justification for the greater satisfaction of individuals in private care regarding pre-test guidelines may be related to the greater number of doctor-patient contact in private practices, and consequently more time available for questions about the surgical procedure and clarification of their uncertainties.

The men involved in this study expressed higher levels of knowledge according to the satisfaction degree. Educational intervention studies also identified increased knowledge simultaneously with satisfaction with the guidelines, service and/or received care19),(26), (27), (28. A Scottish program of teaching and support to prostate cancer patients and their partners conducted through individual consultations, seminars and written guidelines, resulted in increased disease-related knowledge, positive perception about life and treatment satisfaction29.

Thus, the idea that patient satisfaction is a multidimensional concept which includes interaction between patient and caregiver, the presence and competence of the caregiver, the offer and continuity of care, and the characteristics of communication30 is reinforced. In addition, it is important to emphasize that a patient’s self-efficacy is also influenced by their relationship with the health professional through an exchange of information and increased knowledge about treatment, establishing trust and increasing satisfaction31.

Regarding the limitations of this study, it is possible to mention a restriction of generalizing its results to other contexts. This study was developed with men attended in a municipality of the interior of Minas Gerais, and so may present characteristics inherent to the region. Therefore, it is important to implement the intervention in different Brazilian contexts.


The teaching program carried out through a combination of oral and written guidance with telephone follow-up was effective in improving the knowledge of home care and the satisfaction of individuals.

By the teaching program proposed in the present study with closer approximation and a connection established from the telephone contacts, it is possible to infer that the behavioral aspects, the increase in knowledge and the bond between professionals and patients contributed to increase satisfaction. Therefore, establishing effective communication between the patient and the nursing team is vitally important so that better postoperative results can be obtained given the complexity of the procedure, the required care and the association of RP with the beliefs that are involved in surgery.

This study contributes to nursing science because of the reduced number of clinical trials with proposals for educational interventions after RP hospital discharge, both nationally and internationally. The findings are expected to stimulate implementing interventions in the nursing clinical practice.


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*Extracted from the thesis: “Efetividade de um programa de ensino para o cuidado domiciliar de pacientes submetidos à prostatectomia radical: ensaio clínico randomizado”, Escola de Enfermagem de Ribeirão Preto da Universidade de São Paulo, 2013.

Financial support Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico (CNPq). Doctoral scholarship.

Received: April 05, 2018; Accepted: August 07, 2018

Corresponding author: Luciana Regina Ferreira da Mata Escola de Enfermagem, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais Av. Prof. Alfredo Balena, 190 CEP 30130-100 - Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil

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