The role of specialist nurses in improving treatment adherence in children with a chronic illness

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Journal Article
Australian Journal of Advanced Nursing, 2004, 21 (4), pp. 41 - 45
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Adherence to medical treatment is an ongoing challenge for families and young people with chronic medical conditions. One factor that is likely to influence treatment success is the quality of professional relationships both within the health care team and between the family, child and professionals. This paper explores the topic of professional relationships and adherence and provides an example of how a multidisciplinary team can improve the health and quality of life of paediatric patients. More specifically, the paper argues for the crucial role of the specialist nurse in supporting patients and their relationships with the health care team.
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