JOURNAL OF CONTINUING EDUCATION IN NURSING, vol.58, no.3, pp.365-371, 2022 (SCI-Expanded)
Background. Patient education and follow-up can be accomplished without time or space constraints via tele-nursing. The aim of this study was to exam-ine the effect of education and follow-up provided via tele-nursing on the quality of life of individuals diagnosed with COVID-19. Method. This semi experimental study used a pretest–posttest design in a single group. It was conducted between April 1, 2021, and October 1, 2021, with 63 patients who presented to a state hospital. The Patient Information Form and the Duke Health Profile were administered to the patients prior to the education. Then, the patients completed the COVID-19 education program. Next, follow-up and counseling occurred via tele-nursing every other day for 14 days. At the end of the 14th day, the Duke Health Profile was once again administered to the patients. Results. The patients had decreased physical, mental, and social health scores after the intervention. In addition, their pain, anxiety, and depression scores decreased. Conclusion. Nurses should assume a more active role in patient education and include tele-nursing in nursing care.