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AIMS AND BACKGROUND Admiral Nurses are specialist dementia care nurses working in the community with carers of those who have a dementia. The aim of the competency project (2000-2003) was threefold. Firstly to work collaboratively with these specialist nurses to facilitate the development a competency framework that reflects the needs of the Admiral Nursing… (More)
More detailed analysis of this data will continue. It will be combined with other more specific studies to provide a more focused view of some aspects of general practice. Requests for individual analyses of selected data will be accepted by the Family Medicine Research Unit. Contact Helena Britt on (02) 745 2633. The Unit has provided Australian Family… (More)
BACKGROUND As our population ages, the proportion of drivers with dementia will continue to rise. Increasingly, health professionals are faced with the clinical dilemma of determining fitness to drive. Unfortunately, the management of drivers with dementia is fraught with hazards. OBJECTIVE This article attempts to provide an overview of the complex issue… (More)
This paper is a summary of a report of a comparison of country and metropolitan general practice undertaken by the Family Medicine Research Unit, University of Sydney, and published as a supplement to the Medical Journal of Australia. The identified differences were not consistent across small medium and large country towns. The morbidity patterns were… (More)
Older Australians are increasingly reliant on automobiles as their sole form of transport. As our population is ageing and the prevalence of dementia is increasing, it is anticipated that the number of drivers with dementia will rise over time. Much of the literature relating to driving and dementia focuses on safety rather than mobility. The objective of… (More)
As our population is aging, the global prevalence of dementia is rising. Recent extensive reviews of the dementia literature highlight a clear need for additional qualitative research to address the experiences of people with dementia and their carers. To date, the vast majority of published dementia research is quantitative in nature and, perhaps not… (More)
BACKGROUND An increasing number of older adults drive automobiles. Given that the prevalence of dementia is rising, it is necessary to address the issue of driving retirement. The purpose of this study is to evaluate how a self-administered decision aid contributed to decision making about driving retirement by individuals living with dementia. The primary… (More)
When the patient presents with the words, "I've got a pain in the gut", what are the most common diagnoses and how often does the problem remain undiagnosed? This paper describes what usually happens at encounters initiated by patient presentation of abdominal pain and is based on the results of the Australian Morbidity and Treatment Survey 1990-1991.
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES The aim of this study was to review dementia nursing competencies. The objectives were to explain the relevancy of dementia competencies across care settings and levels of practice. BACKGROUND Dementia is strongly associated with increasing age and as the world population ages there is an imperative to ensure the healthcare workforce… (More)
Acute bronchitis is the fifth most commonly managed problem in general practice in Australia. This paper provides an overview of its management in general practice and compares the results with those of an earlier study.