Assessing community nurses' level of knowledge of lymphoedema

Morgan, Philip A., Moody, Marion, Franks, Peter J., Moffatt, Christine J. and Doherty, Debra C. (2005) Assessing community nurses' level of knowledge of lymphoedema. British Journal of Nursing, 14 (1). pp. 8-13. ISSN 0966-0461

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As part of a major project to develop a primary care trust-based framework of lymphoedema management, the educational needs of community nurses regarding the care of patients with lymphoedema were assessed using focus groups and questionnaires. Community nurses assessed their current knowledge and skill in the care and management of patients with lymphoedema as adequate or poor. They were concerned about their lack of knowledge and skill and were uncertain regarding their role relative to other professions involved in the care of this patient group. At the same time they understood the importance of their role in providing ongoing care, recognizing problems, offering sound advice and referring on to a specialist practitioner when necessary. Any educational provision that prepares community nurses for their role within a framework of lymphoedema management should emphasize the important place they occupy in providing long-term care for this patient group.

Item Type: Article
Identifier: 10.12968/bjon.2005.14.1.17365
Keywords: Lymphoedema; Community nursing; Community nurses; Education
Subjects: Medicine and health > Nursing
Depositing User: Rod Pow
Date Deposited: 06 Jul 2012 10:57
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2024 15:39

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