Heidi Muenchberger

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RATIONALE The long-term outcome of idiopathic macrocephaly is presently unknown. METHODS AND RESULTS In the current study (n=15), MRI conducted at long-term review showed regression of orbito-frontal extradural collections and normal or slightly enlarged ventricular space compared to infant examination. Head circumference had normalised in all but one(More)
Research in the area of preventable hospitalization, hospital admissions that could otherwise be avoided, provides little guidance in terms of priority areas for change. This synthesis of multiple electronic databases searched systematically for studies related to preventable hospitalization identifies six priority areas for future action in three broad(More)
OBJECTIVE This paper provides a review of key issues affecting the uptake of clinical guidelines by general practitioners (GPs) in Australia and internationally. Attention is given to the barriers that affect guideline uptake, the quality of guidelines and the dissemination of guidelines to GPs in practice settings. METHOD A comprehensive(More)
PRIMARY OBJECTIVE The study aimed to understand turning points and processes that define the experience of identity change for individuals with brain injury. RESEARCH DESIGN The current study applied an interpretive qualitative research design using a phenomenological approach. Qualitative 'life-story' interviewing was undertaken to explore the natural(More)
The healthcare system in Australia is struggling to meet the healthcare needs of the ageing population. The pressure on health systems to solve these complex problems can create a sense of urgency to find a panacea in concepts such as coordinated care. A common understanding of coordinated care is often assumed when, in reality, the concept is neither(More)
Avoidable hospital admissions are seen as an indicator of a strong primary care system and an effective health system. The rise in hospital admissions for ambulatory-sensitive conditions has been causing alarm for some time. Despite a large amount of research in this area, there is still little clarity about how rates might be reduced. This study is a(More)
The development of locally-based healthcare initiatives, such as community health coalitions that focus on capacity building programs and multi-faceted responses to long-term health problems, have become an increasingly important part of the public health landscape. As a result of their complexity and the level of investment, it has become necessary to(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine the impact of a community-based self-management support (CB-SMS) programme for people with acquired brain injury delivered across multiple communities in Queensland, Australia. DESIGN A longitudinal study. PARTICIPANTS A prospective cohort of 52 individuals with brain injury aged between 21-75 years of age (M = 47.29 years, SD =(More)
This paper explores the role of practice nurses in the coordination of care for people with chronic conditions. A sample of practice nurses and general practitioners participated in a focus group discussion to identify their perspectives on the role of the practice nurse and the specific tasks that might be conducted by practice nurses. The findings(More)
For the last decade, self-management has been touted as a panacea to the ills of the health system. It has been largely interpreted as education for people with chronic diseases to enable them to manage their own health care more effectively, maintain their health in optimal state and minimize the consequences of their condition. This interpretation of(More)
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