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Community nurses' perspectives and experiences of the chronic oedema 'on the ground' education programme: a focus group study.

Tessa Watts Orcid Logo, Ruth Davies

British Journal of Community Nursing, Volume: 22, Issue: 11, Pages: 526 - 534

Swansea University Author: Tessa Watts Orcid Logo

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The impact of chronic oedema on community nurses’ work, the NHS and those directly affected by the condition is immense. As chronic oedema prevalence is projected to rise and financial austerity continues, innovative, sustainable solutions which ensure positive outcomes for patients must be found. T...

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Published in: British Journal of Community Nursing
ISSN: 1462-4753 2052-2215
Published: Mark Allen Group 2017
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URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa35423
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Abstract: The impact of chronic oedema on community nurses’ work, the NHS and those directly affected by the condition is immense. As chronic oedema prevalence is projected to rise and financial austerity continues, innovative, sustainable solutions which ensure positive outcomes for patients must be found. This paper reports findings from a focus group (n =3) investigation of the effects of an innovative workplace education intervention designed to enhance community nurses’ knowledge for practice in chronic oedema prevention and management in Wales, UK. The main findings indicated that the programme had enhanced community nurses’ awareness, knowledge and understanding of chronic oedema management. By enhancing their knowledge base benefit might be conferred for patients with chronic oedema in terms of improved quality of life; self-efficacy and self-management. However, the magnitude of perceived benefit was variable and contingent on engagement with and support for self-management. Findings indicate the need for a longitudinal study.
Keywords: Chronic oedema, focus groups, community nursing, workplace education,
College: College of Human and Health Sciences
Issue: 11
Start Page: 526
End Page: 534