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Are nurses more likely to report providing care plans for chronic disease patients than doctors? Findings from a New Zealand study

NZ Literature Abstract

posted by WM Admin on 12 January 2015

Authors

Fiona Doolan-Noble
Robin Gauld
Debra L. Waters

Year of Publication

2015

Source

Chronic Illness, 7 January [Epub before print]

Publication Type

Journal article (peer reviewed)

Publication Status

Completed

Abstract

The authors used a survey (modified version of the Patient Assessment of Chronic Illness Care) to compare the perceptions of general practitioners (GPs) and primary care nurses (PCNs) in the Southern region of New Zealand regarding their provision of chronic illness care. "Surveys were received from 77% of practices in the Southern region. Responding PCNs were more likely than their GP counterparts to document they provided aspects of chronic illness care ‘most of the time’ or ‘always’ in 18 activities from the six M-PACIC domains. Their level of providing patients with formal care plans was surprisingly low". The authors discuss the implications of these findings and suggest that "this discrepancy between the process of care planning and the outcome, a care plan, is not unique to this region of New Zealand and warrants further research".

Type of Study

Survey

How to Access

To read the full abstract, and for information on how to access the full text, go to: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1742395314567479 or contact your DHB library, or organisational or local library for assistance.