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Currently considerable emphasis is placed on the promotion of person-centred care, which has become a watchword for good practice. This paper takes a constructively critical look at some of the assumptions underpinning person-centredness, and suggests that a relationship-centred approach to care might be more appropriate. A framework describing the(More)
AIM To identify approaches used by advanced practice nurses to promote evidence-based practice among clinical nurses. BACKGROUND Barriers encountered at individual and organizational levels hinder clinical nurses in their ability to deliver evidence-based practice. Advanced practice nurses are well placed to promote evidence-based practice through(More)
Although research is recognised as an essential basis for nursing knowledge and practice development, there is considerable agreement that nurses do not use research as often as they could. The question is, what factors are perceived by nurses in Australia to interfere with their ability to use research in their clinical practice? Using factor analysis(More)
This article describes and discusses some commonly used single-case experimental designs, including reversal and non-reversal designs. The A-B-A-B design is recommended for use when reversal designs can be used and when the patient's treatment phase needs to be maintained. The B-A-B design is used in situations when studying an intervention or treatment(More)
AIM This study actively involved older people, staff and relatives in agreeing a definition of compassionate relationship-centred care and identifying strategies to promote such care in acute hospital settings for older people. It was a major component of a three year programme (the Leadership in Compassionate Care Programme, LCCP) seeking to integrate(More)
This article, the first in a two-part series, considers a number of factors that influence quality of life in older age. It highlights the tensions between objective and subjective dimensions regarding the quality of life. It emphasizes the differences between those definitions used by professionals and those employed by older people themselves. The authors(More)
BACKGROUND With growing numbers of frail older people making the move to a care home, family carers are increasingly finding themselves in the position of assisting with this transition and establishing a new caring role within this context. However, the nature of the family caregiving role within the care home setting is poorly understood. AIMS AND(More)
The need for a functioning system of continuing professional education (CPE) in nursing, midwifery and health visiting has received increased attention in recent years. However, whilst the literature describes a number of benefits, detailed empirical studies have been limited. There is, in particular, a dearth of information on nurses' perceptions of the(More)
Evidence-based care has become the new mantra within the NHS, despite the fact that the concept of applying research to practice has been promoted for several decades. However, literature on the subject suggests that formidable obstacles remain to the integration of research into care delivery. This article describes a study which used Funk et al's(More)
The development of community-based services for people with dementia brings new challenges for health and social care providers, not least that of sustaining an enthusiastic workforce who are motivated to provide care and support under potentially isolating and difficult conditions. The present paper, based on interview data gathered from a group of(More)