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AIMS OF THE STUDY Critical ethnography is being adopted increasingly by nurses as a legitimate form of research methodology. This paper explores the research practices and dilemmas that emerge from this methodology using a recently completed ethnographic study of nurse-nurse and nurse-doctor interactions in a critical care hospital setting. BACKGROUND(More)
The complexities accompanying the prescription of antipsychotic medication for people experiencing a mental illness have been extensively documented in the literature. The views and experiences of consumers of mental health services, however, are almost entirely absent. This paper describes the findings of a qualitative study undertaken to examine the(More)
This paper considers the ways in which the nursing handover involves a complex network of communication that impacts on nursing interactions. The critical ethnographic study upon which this paper is based involved a research group of six nurses who worked in one critical care unit. Data-collection methods involved professional journalling, participant(More)
AIM This paper is a report of a literature review to identify research involving interventions to improve medication adherence in people with multiple co-existing chronic conditions. Title. Interventions to improve medication adherence in people with multiple chronic conditions: a systematic review. Background. The importance of managing co-existing,(More)
OBJECTIVE To compare protocol-directed sedation management with traditional non-protocol-directed practice in mechanically ventilated patients. DESIGN Randomized, controlled trial. SETTING General intensive care unit (24 beds) in an Australian metropolitan teaching hospital. PATIENTS Adult, mechanically ventilated patients (n = 312). INTERVENTIONS(More)
OBJECTIVES To investigate patients' and family members' perceptions and experiences of disclosure of healthcare incidents and to derive principles of effective disclosure. DESIGN Retrospective qualitative study based on 100 semi-structured, in depth interviews with patients and family members. SETTING Nationwide multisite survey across Australia. (More)
BACKGROUND Intermittently, the incidence of retained surgical items after surgery is reported in the healthcare literature, usually in the form of case studies. It is commonly recognised that poor communication practices influence surgical outcomes. AIM To explore the power relationships in the communication between nurses and surgeons that affect the(More)
BACKGROUND Communication is central to safe medication management. Handover is a routine communication forum where nurses provide details about how patients' medications are managed. Previous studies have investigated handover processes as general communication forums without specific focus on medication information exchange. The effects of social,(More)
OBJECTIVE To examine the evidence regarding the effectiveness of medication reconciliation and review and to improve clinical outcomes in hospitals, the community, and aged care facilities. DATA SOURCE This systematic review was undertaken in concordance with the PRISMA statement. Electronic databases, including MEDLINE, PsycINFO, EMBASE, and CINAHL were(More)
BACKGROUND There is increasing emphasis on person-centred care within the literature and the health care context. It is suggested that a person-centred approach to medication activities has the potential to improve patient experiences and outcomes. OBJECTIVES This study set out to examine how nurses and patients interact with each other during medication(More)