Elizabeth Patterson

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AIM To provide a critical review of research on clinical handover between the ambulance service and emergency department (ED) in hospitals. METHOD Data base and hand searches were conducted using the keywords ambulance, handover, handoff, emergency department, emergency room, ER, communication, and clinical handover. Data were extracted, summarised and(More)
In this grounded theory study we explored the process of recovery following total hip replacement (THR) surgery from the perspective of the older adult. In-depth interviews were conducted with 10 patients aged more than 65 years who had been discharged from hospital for a period of 4 to 6 months following THR surgery. Findings showed that three distinct but(More)
AIM This paper describes the evolution of Australian practice nursing and documents seminal events in crystallizing the importance of the nursing role in general practice. BACKGROUND Internationally, the potential for nurses to improve health in primary care settings is acknowledged. The general practice setting is a focal point for primary care in many(More)
AIM To investigate general surgical patients' perspectives of the adequacy and appropriateness of their discharge planning. OBJECTIVES To identify any aspects of discharge planning that could be strengthened to assist people in managing their posthospital care and maintaining continuity of care. BACKGROUND Appropriate discharge planning is a priority in(More)
OBJECTIVES We examined older people's attitudes about falls and implications for the design of fall-prevention awareness campaigns. METHODS We assessed data from (1) computer-assisted telephone surveys conducted in 2002 with Australians 60 years and older in Northern Rivers, New South Wales (site of a previous fall-prevention program; n=1601), and Wide(More)
AIM This paper outlines the current state of Australian practice nursing, describes the context of general practice and establishes the importance of promoting leadership and management in this setting. BACKGROUND Australian general practice nurses have emerged as key stakeholders in primary health care. However, their role in leadership and management(More)
This study was instigated by the paucity of knowledge relating to the work of nurses employed by general practitioners in Australia and the phenomenal development of the practice nurse role in the United Kingdom. A mailed survey of general practitioners and practice nurses within one Division of General Practice in South-East Queensland, sought, among other(More)
The Australian government's commitment to health service reform has placed general practice at the centre of its agenda to manage chronic disease. Concerns about the capacity of GPs to meet the growing chronic disease burden has stimulated the implementation and testing of new models of care that better utilise practice nurses (PN). This paper reports on a(More)
BACKGROUND Within the university sector, one's corporate worth is, to a great extent, measured by research output, including refereed publications. Currently, only 7% of nurse academics publish each year. If nurses are to be competitive in the university arena and close the research-practice gap, they must be encouraged to publish. METHOD This article(More)