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Adherence to lifestyle recommendations for prevention of cardiovascular disease remains a critical issue. We examined the association of anxiety and depression with healthy behaviors in a large population of subjects at risk of cardiovascular disease. We studied 1612 consecutive subjects referred for evaluation of cardiovascular risk factors. Separated(More)
This article is based on a discourse analysis of the complete nursing records of 45 patients, and concerns the modes of rationality that mediated text-based accounts relating to patient care that nurses recorded. The analysis draws on the work of the critical theorist, Jurgen Habermas, who conceptualised rationality in the context of modernity according to(More)
OBJECTIVE Dementia has a multifactorial etiology, but the importance of individual health and lifestyle related risk factors is often uncertain or based on few studies. The goal of this paper is to identify the major modifiable risk factors for dementia as a first step in developing an effective preventive strategy and promoting healthy late life cognitive(More)
AIM This paper reports a study analysing the various functions of nurses' documentation of patient assessments. BACKGROUND Modes of documentation have received much attention in the nursing press since the integration of the nursing process and nursing models. Previous research has shown that current documentation practices do not consistently promote(More)
Ambient assisted living (AAL) technologies can provide assistance and support to persons with dementia. They might allow them the possibility of living at home for longer whilst maintaining their comfort and security as well as offering a way towards reducing the huge economic and personal costs forecast as the incidence of dementia increases worldwide over(More)
AIM The aim of this study was to identify patient problems, nursing interventions and nursing outcomes to be included in a nursing minimum data set for Ireland. BACKGROUND In 2002, a research programme funded by the Irish Health Research Board, was established to develop and test a nursing minimum data set to capture the nursing contribution to patient(More)
  • Kate Irving
  • The Australian journal of advanced nursing : a…
  • 2004
The use of restraints in contemporary healthcare represents an ethical problem to nurses and nursing. This paper describes a point prevalence study undertaken to examine the patterns of restraint use in an Australian teaching hospital. The objectives were: to clearly define restraint; establish its prevalence; the reasons for its use; and, to describe(More)
OBJECTIVE Metabolic syndrome results from a complex interaction between lifestyle and genetic factors. Among this population, adhesion to healthy recommendations is a cornerstone of cardiovascular disease prevention. We examined the association between depression and multiple unhealthy behaviours in hypertensive patients with the metabolic syndrome. (More)
BACKGROUND The purpose of this article is to provide an interpretation of how restraint use is maintained and legitimized despite negative reports on its efficacy and questions about its ethicality. My research examined the use of restraint on a patient requiring care in an acute teaching hospital in Australia. This article examines one case study that was(More)
The preceding papers have outlined the issues of under-recognition of delirium, aspects of assessment to improve this situation and presented an alternative discursive construction of delirious patients. With respect to the understandings from the first two papers, the authors intend to suggest a direction for future practice and research in the area of(More)