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This article, the first in a three-part series on public health, promotes the case for community nurses to grasp the opportunities a public health approach to care offers to populations and communities. The importance of organisation and evaluation are emphasised as is the need for support from colleagues which, argue the authors, can only be obtained if… (More)
The transition to parenthood is a time of great change for mothers and fathers, and also lays the foundation for the long-term health and wellbeing of the child. This emphasises the importance of preparation for parenthood. A Department of Health-commissioned review found provision and uptake of antenatal education to be variable, and so brought a group of… (More)
Health visitors' interactions with clients from a small-scale study are used as a basis for analysing how professionals can influence and improve health when the causes of ill health lie outside their control. The author argues that individual solution will always be partial and suggests drawing on community development and group work skills as a way… (More)
There can be few health visitors who have not wondered in recent months what all this talk about 'public health' means for them. Kate Billingham outlines the approaches to public health for nurses in primary care, and suggests how they may evolve in the future.