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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


Fiona Doolan-Noble
Robin Gauld
Debra L. Waters

Year of Publication



Chronic Illness, 7 January [Epub before print]

Publication Type

Journal article (peer reviewed)

Publication Status



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".

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