Sharon Hamilton

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BACKGROUND Achieving evidence-based practice in health care is integral to the drive for quality improvement in the National Health Service in the UK. Encapsulated within this policy agenda are challenges inherent in leading and managing organisational change. Not least of these is the need to change the behaviours of individuals and groups in order to(More)
OBJECTIVES To elucidate the experiences and perceptions of people living with primary frozen shoulder and their priorities for treatment. DESIGN Qualitative study design using semistructured interviews. SETTING General practitioner (GP) and musculoskeletal clinics in primary and secondary care in one National Health Service Trust in England. (More)
Childhood diabetes is a chronic and life-changing condition requiring careful management by clinicians, the child and family. During childhood, care is provided by the paediatric team, which is then transferred to the adult diabetes team during adolescence. This literature review identified five themes in the literature: adolescence as a time of transition;(More)
BACKGROUND Proximal humeral fractures, which occur mainly in older adults, account for approximately 4 to 5% of all fractures. Approximately 40% of these fractures are displaced fractures involving the surgical neck. Management of this group of fractures is often challenging and the outcome is frequently unsatisfactory. In particular it is not clear whether(More)
BACKGROUND Stroke produces many effects that impact eating. Nutrition is fundamental for recovery and rehabilitation, but the nursing nutritional role and associated outcomes have not been delineated. AIMS (1) To identify nursing interventions intended to improve nutritional status and related outcomes of stroke survivors, and (2) To examine the outcomes(More)
Smoking cessation services are well established in the community. In recent years, an increase in their availability has been recommended and secondary care settings were identified as suitable locations. This article draws on the evidence base underpinning this move and uses findings from an evaluation of such a service introduced into an acute hospital to(More)
PURPOSE Smoking is a risk factor for numerous cancers yet many smokers do not become motivated to quit until they are admitted to hospital with a smoking-related illness. The provision of smoking cessation services in hospitals could therefore be helpful to these patients. This study aimed to explore the user experience of one such service in a UK hospital(More)
Guidelines from the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) recommend that every nurse should consult their patients about giving up smoking. This is an important public health role but in order to fulfil it, nurses need to have an understanding of the motivations and barriers that underpin smoking cessation. Furthermore, nurses need to(More)
BACKGROUND When the time comes, most people wish to die at home. Nevertheless, many deaths occur in hospital, often because of delays in the discharge process. This study explored the issues surrounding rapid discharge from hospital in the final days of life, and evaluated the contribution of a discharge sister role. METHODS A qualitative design was used,(More)
Methods Content analysis (CA) is an established and widely used method of document analysis, and can be used with quantitative or qualitative data and in a deductive or inductive way (Elo & Kyngäs, 2008). It has been defined as ‘any technique for making inferences by objectively and systematically identifying specified characteristics of messages’. The(More)