Primary health care and general practice nurses: what is the nexus?

Patterson, Elizabeth and Price, Kay and Hegney, Desley (2005) Primary health care and general practice nurses: what is the nexus? Australian Journal of Primary Health, 11 (1). pp. 47-54. ISSN 1448-7527

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This paper presents the findings from three separate qualitative studies that sought to explore the current and potential role of nurses employed in general medical practices in Australia. General practitioners', practice nurses' and consumers' views and perceptions were gathered from individual and group interviews. The data indicate
that practice nurses (PNs) are involved in first level or primary care of individuals and engage in some form of preventive health care. Some PNs have a family/community
focus in addition to their focus of care on individuals. Engagement in health
promotion was found to be opportunistic rather than planned and focussed on
interventions to free individuals from medically defined diseases, the aim being
compliance with therapeutic procedures and advice. The broader concept of health
promotion, as documented in the Ottawa Charter for Health Promotion was not
pronounced in the PNs' reported practice. Consumers do not articulate confidence in
PNs acting autonomously as primary health care practitioners but rather as
complementary to general practitioners (GPs), undertaking initial assessment for
triage purposes and providing ongoing management, education and support under the
GPs' delegation. They would also like them to be family oriented and holistic in their
practice; supporting emotional and social needs in the context of their family lives.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Deposited with permission of publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Nursing
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 00:19
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 22:31
Uncontrolled Keywords: general practice; practice nurse; primary health care; qualitative research
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1071/PY05007

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