Nurses in Australian general practice: implications for chronic disease management

Blackwell Publishing Ltd
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Journal Article
Journal Of Clinical Nursing, 2008, 17 (5a), pp. 6 - 15
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Aims. The purpose of this study was to describe the demographic and employment characteristics of Australian practice nurses and explore the relationship between these characteristics and the nurses role. Background. Nursing in general practice is an integral component of primary care and chronic disease management in the United Kingdom and New Zealand, but in Australia it is an emerging specialty and there is limited data on the workforce and role. Design. National postal survey embedded in a sequential mixed method design. Methods. 284 practice nurses completed a postal survey during 2003â2004. Descriptive statistics and factor analysis were utilized to analyse the data.
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