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Aysha Mendes provides a synopsis and brief review of a selection of recently published research articles that are of interest to community nurses, highlighting key points to keep you up to date; a full reference is provided for those who wish to read the research in more detail

Pressure ulcers are a leading cause of patient harm and are usually avoidable. In this recently published narrative review published in the British Journal of Nursing, Ibeh et al (2024) explore the...

Making ‘care closer to home’ a reality

The World Health Organization (2024) and past governments in the UK have...

Reflecting carefully upon what we read

‘Our evolutionary development has encouraged our brains to come to swift conclusions without much thinking to avoid immediate dangers, as, in the past, only hearsay and dramatic stories were the...

A 100 years of pathologising normalcy of grief

‘Although mourning involves grave departures from the normal attitude towards life, it never occurs to us to regard it as a pathological condition and to refer it to a medical treatment. We rely on it...

The law and professional considerations of confidentiality

Confidentiality of personal information has been an important pillar of UK law for a significant time. One of the first legal examples which emphasised the importance of confidentiality was the case...

Evaluation of community nurse-led traumatic tube displacements

A multidisciplinary team from the homecare provider (Homeward, Nutricia Ltd, UK) and staff from the NHS managing the care of patients receiving HEF was formed to develop a safe and comprehensive...

The development and implementation of the district nursing Welsh Levels of Care Tool

The introduction of the statutory Nurse Staffing Levels (Wales) Act in 2016 led to the establishment of the All Wales DN Workstream. Under the overarching All Wales Nurse Staffing group, and in...

What influences specialist palliative care nurses working in a community setting to engage with research?

A total of eight participants were interviewed from two charitable specialist care organisations. All participants were female and Caucasian. They had been working in their present roles for 1–13...

Stoma care: an update

The small intestine extends from the pyloric sphincter of the stomach to the ileocecal valve (Figure 1). It is 4–6 metres long and consists of three segments: the duodenum, the jejunum and the ileum..

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Making a difference: neurological support in the community

It is important that the patient is diagnosed and assessed as early as possible. Early warning signs are often missed but knowledge of early signs and symptoms will support the person to understand...

Stoma care and diet in the community

There are three main types of output stoma: a colostomy, ileostomy and urostomy. While the exact number of people living with a stoma in the UK remains unclear, it is estimated to be about 1 in 350...

The challenge of longevity

‘Achieving healthy ageing in later life requires sufficient physical activity, a good diet, mental engagement and emotional wellbeing incorporated into daily life. This is easier for some people, as...

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Research Roundup

Digital health and self-management among patients with chronic disease have been gaining in popularity over recent years. The number of people living with diabetes in particular is steadily on the...

Respecting patient autonomy: legal and professional considerations

In this month's Policy column, Iwan Dowie explores patient autonomy – a concept largely embedded within the community nursing setting. Through legal cases, a history of laws relating to patient...

Hope and dementia

Hope is a very personal construct, meaning different things for different people, and it is likely to change over the course of time. We are all able to think of things which give us hope when things...

Frailty and nutrition

Early identification of frailty enables healthcare professionals to develop an appropriate care plan that is designed to meet specific needs of older people, so it is important to ask, how can we...

Type 2 diabetes post pandemic: enabling your patients to regain control

‘…a chronic, metabolic disease characterised by elevated levels of blood glucose (or blood sugar), which leads over time to serious damage to the heart, blood vessels, eyes, kidneys and nerves.’ .

Compassion fatigue in community nursing: what is it, who is susceptible, and what can be done?

‘Losing your ability to show care and compassion because you're just so overwhelmed with the amount of support you've been giving to people – patients, relatives, colleagues.’ .

Can supplementing vitamin B12 improve mental health outcomes?: a literature review

The World Health Organization (WHO) (2014) defines mental health as a state of wellbeing, in which an individual recognises their own potential and has the ability to cope with normal life stresses...

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...

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What is working and what isn't in healthcare?

Every year since I can remember there have been apocalyptic headlines declaring that the NHS is at breaking point or close to it. The current dispute with hospital doctors has added pressure to the...

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...

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