(Abstracted from Lancet 2018;392:51–59)
Instructing and guiding patients are essential for successful recovery after surgery. Because of efficiency-driven, shortened hospital stays, the amount of time health care professionals spend, before and after surgery with their patients, has been reduced.
Departments of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (E.v.d.M., J.A.F.H.) and Surgery (H.J.B.) and Departments of Public and Occupational Health (E.v.d.M., J.R.A., F.G.S., J.A.F.H.) and Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Amsterdam Public Health Research Institute (P.M.v.d.V., C.B.T.), VU University Medical Centre, Amsterdam; Departments of Surgery (W.K.G.L.) and Obstetrics and Gynaecology (M.Y.B.), Maxima Medical Centre, Veldhoven; Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Maastricht University, Grow Research School, Maastricht (M.Y.B.); Departments of Surgery (E.C.J.C.) and Obstetrics and Gynaecology (S.E.S.K.), Meander Medical Centre, Amersfoort; Department of Health Sciences, Amsterdam Public Health, Faculty of Science, VU University, Amsterdam (J.M.v.D.); and Department of Operation Rooms, Radboud University Medical Centre, Nijmegen (W.J.H.J.M.), the Netherlands