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This paper describes the second phase of a research study into the introduction of the 'modern matron' role in the National Health Service. It draws on information from a survey of modern matrons in 10 case study trusts and from semistructured interviews with purposively selected matrons and their key contacts. Three models of role implementation are(More)
Participant observation raises particular ethical issues in the health care context, especially in terms of ensuring informed consent. Lucy Moore and Jan Savage outline the specific dilemmas raised by participant observation in one practice setting and the difficulties experienced in complying with a predetermined process designed for gaining fully informed(More)
BACKGROUND The concept of evidence has become firmly rooted in health care, with most importance placed on the outcome of research in clinical and economic spheres. Much less emphasis is placed on the patient's contribution to evidence which remains relatively vague, of low status and often difficult to integrate with other forms of knowledge. AIM This(More)
There is a longstanding awareness of the significance of emotion in nursing and yet it remains one of the more elusive areas of practice. Surprisingly, there has been little discussion in the nursing literature of how the phenomenon of emotion might be understood or studied. This paper gives an overview of theoretical and methodological approaches to(More)
Aim To explore the experience of governing body nurses appointed to clinical commissioning group (CCG) boards; how they perform their responsibilities; and their perceived effectiveness in ensuring safe, patient-centred care and the factors that influence their effectiveness. Method This was a small pilot study using a mixed methods approach. There were(More)