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Nursing Long Term Conditions

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Using hospital at home to reduce admissions

Using hospital at home to reduce admissions Subscription Required

Two clinical commissioning groups aimed to improve the patient experience and reduce hospital admissions by devising a “hospital at home” community care service

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Discharge after being in critical care is the start of a long recovery process for patients

Rehabilitating patients after critical care Subscription Required

Being in critical care can have negative effects on patients but implementing rehabilitation strategies at an early stage can aid long-term recovery.

Nurse-led treatment for occipital neuralgia

Nurse-led treatment for occipital neuralgia Subscription Required

Occipital nerve injections to treat occipital neuralgia are often administered by doctors, but a nurse-led clinic proved to be more favourable with patients.

The thirst sensation diminishes with age

Detecting dehydration in older people: useful tests Subscription Required

Older people are at increased risk of dehydration, and many screening and diagnostic tests are used to identify the condition. This article assesses their value.

Type 2 diabetes: prevention, diagnosis and management

Type 2 diabetes: prevention, diagnosis and management Subscription Required

Nurses are increasingly likely to care for patients with type 2 diabetes. This learning unit will increase understanding of its causes, prevention, treatment and management.

Cognitive dysfunction in depression 'going unnoticed and untreated'

Nurses and other healthcare professionals have been urged to recognise cognitive dysfunction in patients with depression after a survey revealed symptoms are often going unnoticed.

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Teen goths ‘more vulnerable’ to depression and self-harm

Young people who adopt the “goth” subculture might be at increased risk of depression and self-harm, according to UK researchers.

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New regional telehealth scheme to support patients at home

A major telehealth programme has been launched in Cheshire with the aim of helping improve self-management by patients with long-term conditions.

Call to switch focus from calories to nutrition to cut CVD  

Clinicians need to shift their focus from “calorie counting” to concentrating on the nutritional value of foods in order to boost cardiovascular health among patients, claim academics.

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UK patients are living longer but with ‘more ailments’

UK patients are living longer but have an increasing number of conditions as they age, which in turn is adding to the burden on care providers, according to a major new study.

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The patients we choose not to touch

I recently read the novel Even the Dogs, which is a fascinating insight into the lives of homeless and vulnerable people.

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'HCAs are vital and deserve to be called nursing assistants'

'HCAs are vital and deserve to be called nursing assistants' Subscription Required

Here in Northumbria we have launched our nursing strategy - a vision for compassionate frontline care - and within it have renamed healthcare assistants as nursing assistants.

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Clinical Development: A framework for effective communication skills

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This article outlines a framework for nurses to further develop their communication skills during interaction with patients. It also shows how to implement this framework in nursing practice.

Antibiotics may help ease chronic back pain

Antibiotics may help ease chronic back pain

News that back pain could be “cured” by antibiotics has prompted wide media coverage, with The Independent reporting that “Half a million sufferers of back pain ‘could be cured with antibiotics’.”

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