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BACKGROUND This paper presents research that was framed by our early understandings about the ways that people incorporate the consequences of illness into their lives. The word 'transition' has been used to describe this process. We believed self-management to be central to the transition process but this assertion required further research, hence this(More)
The North West Adelaide Health Study is a population-based biomedical cohort study investigating the prevalence of a number of chronic conditions and health-related risk factors along a continuum. This methodology may assist with evidence-based decisions for health policy makers and planners, and inform health professionals who are involved in chronic(More)
BACKGROUND Multimorbidity, the simultaneous occurrence of two or more chronic conditions, is usually associated with older persons. This research assessed multimorbidity across a range of ages so that planners are informed and appropriate prevention programs, management strategies and health service/health care planning can be implemented. METHODS(More)
AIM The aim of this paper is to add a qualitative dimension to the body of knowledge about fatigue by revealing the meaning given by women living with chronic illness to the experience of fatigue. BACKGROUND Fatigue is a common symptom experienced by people who live with chronic illness. It pervades every aspect of life and may be experienced in physical,(More)
Australian consumers have articulated their perceptions of the role of the nurse in general practice. Practice Nurses (PNs) and General Practitioners (GPs) have also highlighted the issues they believe currently and potentially impact on this role in Australia. This paper identifies and discusses the nexus between the consumers' perceptions and expectations(More)
Nurses are an important human resource, vital for the delivery of health services in countries across the globe. To improve the quality, access and affordability of primary care services to support rural and remote communities, in 2001, the Australian Government implemented the Nursing in General Practice Initiative [NIGPI] to increase the numbers of nurses(More)
We aimed to describe the uptake of the Enhanced Primary Care (EPC) item numbers listed on the Medicare Benefits Schedule for health assessment (HA), care plan (CP) and case conference (CC) between November 1999 (when these items first became available) and October 2001. We used data provided by the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing. General(More)
How did the study come about? In westernized countries, chronic diseases have over-taken infectious diseases in terms of prevalence, and now account for 60% of global deaths and almost half of the global burden of disease. 1 The four chronic conditions that comprise the majority of this burden of disease are cardiovascular disease, cancer, chronic lung(More)
BACKGROUND Levels of vitamin D in the population have come under increasing scrutiny, however there are only a few studies in Australia which measure levels in the general population. The aim of this study was to measure the levels of vitamin D within a large population cohort and examine the association with seasons and selected demographic and health risk(More)
OBJECTIVE To examine the population distribution of different types of relationships between people with chronic conditions and their doctors that influence decisions being made from a shared-decision making perspective. METHODS A survey questionnaire based on recurring themes about the doctor/patient relationship identified from qualitative in-depth(More)