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Chronic oedema "on-the-ground" education programme

Watts, Tessa ORCID: and Davies, Ruth 2017. Chronic oedema "on-the-ground" education programme. British Journal of Community Nursing 22 (11) , pp. 526-534. 10.12968/bjcn.2017.22.11.526

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The impact of chronic oedema on community nurses' work, the NHS and those directly affected by the condition is immense. As chronic oedema prevalence is projected to rise and financial austerity continues, innovative, sustainable solutions that ensure positive outcomes for patients must be found. This paper reports findings from a focus group (n=3) investigation of the effects of an innovative workplace education intervention designed to enhance community nurses' knowledge for practice in chronic oedema prevention and management in Wales. The main findings indicated that the programme had enhanced community nurses' awareness, knowledge and understanding of chronic oedema management. By enhancing their knowledge base, benefit might be conferred for patients with chronic oedema in terms of improved quality of life, self-efficacy and self-management. However, the magnitude of perceived benefit was variable and contingent on engagement with and support for self-management. Findings indicate the need for a longitudinal study.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Healthcare Sciences
Publisher: Mark Allen Publishing Ltd
ISSN: 1462-4753
Date of Acceptance: 1 September 2017
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2022 07:28

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