Consumers' level of comfort with an advanced practice role for registered nurses in general practice: a Queensland, Australia study

Hegney, Desley and Eley, Robert and Buikstra, Elizabeth and Rees, Sharon and Patterson, Elizabeth (2006) Consumers' level of comfort with an advanced practice role for registered nurses in general practice: a Queensland, Australia study. Australian Journal of Primary Health, 12 (3). pp. 44-51. ISSN 1448-7527


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[Abstract]: A study was carried out in Queensland, Australia which aimed to ascertain how comfortable consumers were with both the current and an expanded practice role for nurses employed in general practice. Consumers from metropolitan, rural and remote areas were represented. The self-report questionnaire was completed by 87 females and 19 males. Consumers rated their level of comfort from very comfortable to very uncomfortable on a five point scale in nurses performing 24 different routine and advanced procedures. They were most comfortable with nurses giving vaccinations and managing treatment of wounds and were less comfortable with nurses diagnosing and treating minor illnesses. Overall consumers were very comfortable with nurses performing what may be considered traditional roles of the practice nurse. They were less comfortable with the more extended roles that are seen more as the traditional role of the general practitioner. However for no procedure were consumers uncomfortable in nurses performing that task. There were no differences in responses due to consumers’ age, sex or previous contact with practice nurses. These results may be used to expand the role of practice nurses to complement the services provided by general practitioners

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Author's version deposited 30/7/2007 after no response recvd to 3 requests for copyright permission.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Nursing
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 00:48
Last Modified: 27 Sep 2016 04:47
Uncontrolled Keywords: general practice; practice nurse; consumer perceptions; quantitative research
Fields of Research : 15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1505 Marketing > 150501 Consumer-Oriented Productor Service Development
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111717 Primary Health Care
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1110 Nursing > 111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified

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