Australian consumers' expectations for expanded nursing roles in general practice: choice not gatekeeping

Hegney, Desley and Price, Kay and Patterson, Elizabeth and Martin-McDonald, Kristine and Rees, Sharon (2004) Australian consumers' expectations for expanded nursing roles in general practice: choice not gatekeeping. Australian Family Physician, 33 (10). pp. 845-848. ISSN 0300-8495

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While research has focused on the current and potential role of the practice nurse(PN)in Australia, the acceptability of this role by consumers has not been investigated. In 2002, two independent studies were carried out into consumer perceptions of PNs. A discussion between the two groups of researchers at the inaugural National Practice Nurse Conference in 2003, identified significant similarities in the findings of these studies.
This article reports the combined similarities in the findings as they relate to consumers' desire for access to the health practitioner of their choice, and their concern that PNs may assume a gatekeeping role. These perceptions may have significant impact on the acceptance of PNs across

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Deposited with permission of publisher. Copyright to Australian Family Physician. Reproduced with permission. Permission to reproduce must be sought from the publisher, The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Nursing
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 00:25
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2013 04:25
Uncontrolled Keywords: practice nurse; PN; role of nurses; carers; GP; triage
Fields of Research : 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170113 Social and Community Psychology
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
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 92 Health > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920499 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) not elsewhere classified

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