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Monday, 01 June 2009
Skills in developing a business case may at first seem to be something far removed from what a nurse would need. After all we are clinicians, we do the clinical things and managers do things like business cases. How wrong could you be? This article shows just how important business planning can be to both nurses and our patients.
Category: Editorial
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Monday, 01 June 2009
Interstitial lung disease (ILD) is a general term for a number of diseases characterised by progressive pulmonary fibrosis or ‘scarring’ of the lungs. The term fibrosis implies formation of abnormal connective tissue within the lung parenchyma. These diseases are less commonly seen in primary care than airways diseases such as asthma and COPD. However, like COPD, they produce progressive debilitating breathlessness for the patient. It is important that practice nurses, particularly those with an interest in respiratory diseases, are aware of this group of diseases and their management as early referral to specialist care is important.
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Monday, 01 June 2009
The role of nurses working in the National Health Service has undergone major development in recent years with new roles and expansion of skills into new areas which has included respiratory care. However, as always, an increased role demands increased responsibility and this article examines the key legislation affecting practice nurses, and how they can reduce the risk of medico-legal action.
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Monday, 01 June 2009
Practice nurses often get to know their patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) very well. Over the years, they have attended for reviews, flu injections and when they have exacerbations. Nurses get to know their families as well as the patient, and it can be hard to observe the inevitable deterioration as the condition progresses. This article will outline some of the key issues for practice nurses when their patients start to have frequent hospital admissions or cannot attend the surgery for reviews. Has their condition become palliative, and what can practice nurses contribute to their care?
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Monday, 01 June 2009
Hayfever, or seasonal allergic rhinitis, is a condition that patients often present with to their pharmacist. However, unlike most minor ailments, hayfever is a persistent and recurrent condition which can have a significant negative impact on quality of life.1 As such, the correct diagnosis and product selection is essential. The variety of preparations available for the treatment of hayfever, both over-the-counter (OTC) and on prescription, was discussed in detail in an earlier edition of BJPCN.2 This article will focus on the options available to community pharmacists for OTC treatment of hayfever.
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Monday, 01 June 2009
P-values are commonly included in the results sections of randomised controlled trials (RCTs), but what is a p-value and how should it be interpreted?
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Monday, 01 June 2009
To be able to effectively manage patients with airflow obstruction in general practice it is imperative that we can differentiate between asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Although COPD and asthma share many clinical features, they are different conditions with different airway inflammation and parenchymal patterns.
Category: Back to Basics
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Monday, 01 June 2009
Category: Back to Basics
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Monday, 01 June 2009
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