2017, Cilt 4, Sayı 3, Sayfa(lar) 074-088
Patient Communication Following Laryngectomy: A Pilot Study Using Visual Communication Guide
Karadeniz Technical University Faculty of Health Science, Nursing Department, Trabzon, Yurkey
Keywords: Laryngectomy, nonverbal communication, nursing, visual communication guide

Aim: The aim of this study was to determine the efficacy of the visual communication guide.

Materil and Methods: This research was carried out with the mixed method, integrating qualitative and quantitative research methods. Fourteen partial laryngectomy patients and 20 healthcare professionals took part in this study.

Results: The patients stated that the visual communication guide helped them to express themselves. They also stated that the issues in the guide were handled appropriately, and they found the guide useful. However, half of the patients found the images inadequate. At the same time, healthcare professionals and patients found the images in the guide clear and easy to understand, and the colors and sizes of the images and fonts adequate. The healthcare professionals thought that the guide was convenient and saved time in communication but it did not contain enough images for patients to share their psychological issues. After analysis of the qualitative data, four main themes were determined. These were: the experience of being unable to speak, quick and easy communication, confidence, and positive and negative opinions.

Conclusion: It was concluded that the visual communication guide can be effective and useful for the communication of patients who have undergone partial laryngectomy.