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Talking to older people about alcohol and risk

Regular use of alcohol is a key risk factor that has a significant impact on a range of health conditions, including cardiovascular disease, neurological disorders, cancers and diabetes (Department of...

What is working and what isn't in healthcare?

Every year since I can remember there have been apocalyptic headlines declaring...

Research Roundup

The significant role of mental health in overall health and wellbeing is being increasingly recognised, along with the contribution of holistic non-pharmacological approaches to their management. In...

Spare a thought for the lonely: the role of palliative care

While it is clear from the literature that policies and interventions focus on patients and older people who are alone, there is a paucity of strategies to ‘tackle’ loneliness. The obvious...

Record keeping and the community nurse

Record keeping is an integral part of community nursing practice and there is an obligation placed upon the community nurse to record good, clear and accurate information about their patients (Royal...

Loneliness in older adults

“The district nurse's role is highly complex and requires skills in negotiating, coaching, teaching and supporting people and their carers, whilst effectively collaborating with other agencies and...

The power of a cup of tea: psychosocial interventions in dementia

In her book, Mitchell (2022) talks about her relationship with, and the importance of, a cup of tea while living with dementia:.

Blepharitis in patients' eyelids: a discussion for nursing care

Blepharitis affects the anatomy and physiology of the eyelids and its associated structures, such as the eye lashes, eyelids, glands and tear film..

Manual lymphatic drainage: the evidence behind the efficacy

Most studies on the efficacy of MLD have shown mixed results; although some report improvement in the metric in question, it is often not statistically significant, and results vary between studies....

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Pre-registration nursing students' perceptions of a district nursing career: a qualitative descriptive study

The objectives of the study were to understand the perceived challenges and barriers that pre-registration BSc (Hons) nursing students faced to moving into a career in district nursing. The research...

Valuing and sustaining older peoples' day care services

‘…community building-based services that provide care and/or health-related services and/or activities specifically for older people who are disabled and/or in need’. .

Partnership working and innovation

The COVID-19 pandemic raised the profile of complex care delivered at home by district nursing teams which kept people out of hospital (Green et al, 2020). District nursing remains core to healthcare...

Eat, drink and be merry…

‘According to the 2021 Health Survey for England (House of Commons, 2023) 63.8% of adults aged 18 years and over were estimated to be overweight or obese (up from the previous year at 63.3%) with...

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Community nurses can empower people living with lymphoedema

While there has been a half-hearted shift in recent years towards more patient education, self-care and patient empowerment, we still operate within a system that teaches patients to give themselves...

A gradual separation from the world: commentary on a qualitative exploration of existential loneliness in old age

On an ontological level, it can be argued that humans are inherently lonely and separate from the world, although, as social beings, we seek to reduce this separation through meaningful human and...

Dementia and communication

Dementia, what ever the subtype, is caused by underlying disease processes and damage to the nerve cells in the brain. This damage impairs our executive function - the processes in our brains which...

Barriers to infection prevention and control in patients’ homes

There has been a plethora of research around reason why staff do not or cannot carry out IPC procedures correctly.

Health behavioural changes in older people post pandemic

The pandemic not only had direct health impacts but also affected health behaviours through its multiple lockdowns and restrictions. Routines were lost and with that, so were some of the healthier...

Do Quality and Safe Care Champions in community nursing teams positively impact on patients?

In reviewing the benefits to the organisation, the authors applied the East London NHS Foundation Trust framework (Shah and Course, 2018) because it gave scope to consider the impact of champions...

The law that came in from the cold

Nurses in the community have a responsibility not only to treat but also to anticipate and, if possible, to avoid. This is more easily said than done for the simple reason that those to whom they owe...

Malnutrition and nutrition in the community

The importance of good nutrition for our overall health and in the prevention (and even the reversal) of disease tends to be somewhat overlooked in modern-day society.

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Achieving a dignified death in palliative nursing

The concept of a dignified death can also be viewed in relative terms. This could mean taking into account the context in which the death occurs. We cannot afford to use the same factors to achieve a...

Prioritising wellbeing in the community nursing workforce

In order to deliver high-quality care for patients, it is essential that community services prioritise the wellbeing of community nurses. This editorial discusses the importance of attending to the...

Can medication increase the risk of falls? The importance of medication review

‘Rational use of medicines requires that patients receive medications appropriate to their clinical needs, in doses that meet their own individual requirements, for an adequate period of time, and at...

The influenza and COVID-19 season approaches…

‘…the BA.2.86 variant is now more globally dispersed than other variants such as Eris and Fornax, which are of a similar age. This suggests that it is seeding through mass travel as well as an...

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