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Ideas sought on how 'nursing science' can support public health

Scientists and members of the public in the US are being urged to have their say on how nursing science should move into the future.

The US National Institute of Nursing Research is using its Innovative Questions Initiative to look for new ideas on how to prevent illnesses, promote health and cope with emerging issues.

Institute director Dr Patricia Grady said they wanted to gather ideas on everything from how innovative research can improve health to the development of personal health strategies.

She said it is important that people, healthcare professionals and communities should have strategies at their disposal to maintain a good quality of life by maintaining health and preventing illness.


Patricia Grady

Dr Grady outlined the aims of the initiative in an editorial in the Journal of Nursing Scholarship.

“It is critical that improving the quality of life for those with chronic illness remains a primary focus of health research,” she said.

Journal editor Dr Susan Gennaro added that the initiative was a vital project that could see scientists helping to steer nursing science into the future.

The initiative will include a series of workshops aimed at stimulating debate among the leading lights of nursing science. Meanwhile, a website will be used to gather ideas from members of the public.

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