Deborah Hennessy

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BACKGROUND Despite recent developments, health care provision in Indonesia remains suboptimal. Difficult terrain, economic crises, endemic diseases and high population numbers, coupled with limited availability of qualified health care professionals, all contribute to poor health status. In a country with a population of 220 million, there are currently an(More)
The current emphasis in the United Kingdom on evidence-based health care requires that medical and non-medical professionals ensure that their clinical practice is founded on scientifically derived findings rather than on intuition and ritual. To this end, many initiatives have been introduced which are intended to increase both the corpus of available(More)
BACKGROUND There is a shortfall in midwives in Indonesia (an estimated 26 per 100,000 people), which means that the quality of antenatal, perinatal and postnatal care varies widely. One consequence of this is the high rate of maternal and perinatal mortality, which has prompted a number of health initiatives. The current study was part of a review of the(More)
The growing demand for professional updating and training within the health service has created a proliferation of post-registration courses, many of which fail to reach the appropriate personnel or the real training objectives of the participants and their managers. One reason behind this problem relates to the fact that many such courses are constructed(More)
Cost-controlled health reforms have created the need for training nurses to provide evidence-based care in new contexts. Planing for nurses' continuing education must thus target the appropriate personnel and simultaneously consider local healthcare needs and training requirements. To plan such educational programmes, a training needs analysis instrument(More)
The role and professional boundaries of the nurse practitioner (NP) in the UK have not yet been unequivocally defined. This confusion has served to limit the expansion of the NP in both the acute and primary care sectors, despite a mounting body of evidence that attests to their value. This lack of coherence has necessarily impacted upon the educational(More)
BACKGROUND Increasing recognition of the need for continuing professional development (CPD) for health professionals has created an inevitable expansion in course provision. One criterion of a successful course demands that CPD must meet local health service needs, as well as the personal and professional requirements of the participants. At a more general(More)
BACKGROUND Policy decisions to advance the role of Chief Nurse in member countries of the World Health Organization European Region will necessitate the systematic selection and recruitment of suitable postholders who can develop the role and status of nursing within a wide range of political frameworks and structures. Such posts are clearly of great(More)
The concept of evidence-based care and the profile of the nurse practitioner (NP) have together assumed mounting importance as possible solutions to the problem of meeting escalating demands for high quality health care with decreasing resources. With regard to the former, concerted efforts to ensure that clinical practice has its base in scientific(More)
The current confusion surrounding the definition and role function of the nurse practitioner (NP) has created a situation in which advanced clinical practice is delivered in a variety of ways and at many levels. Not surprisingly, this has led to difficulties in regulating educational provision for NPs. This study reports a survey of the perceptions of the(More)