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  • Psoriasis: the role of the genetic research nurseSubscription

    3 May, 2001Updated: 5 March, 2009

    VOL: 97, ISSUE: 18, PAGE NO: 37Lucy Ronda, BA, RGN, is clinical research nurse, skin therapy research unit, St John's Institute of Dermatology, St Thomas's Hospital, LondonPsoriasis is a chronic, non-infectious skin disease that commonly presents as well-demarcated, reddish plaques topped by silver scales, which are produced by an increase in the rate of proliferation of epidermal cells. It varies in severity from mild to life-threatening.

  • A focus on innovation to boost national care standardsSubscription

    27 September, 2001Updated: 5 March, 2009

    VOL: 97, ISSUE: 39, PAGE NO: 32Rhona Hotchkiss, RGN, is director of the Nursing and Midwifery Practice Development Unit, EdinburghThe Nursing and Midwifery Practice Development Unit (NMPDU) aims to ensure that practice development happens in a planned and cohesive way throughout Scotland and that lessons learnt in one area are shared across the country.

  • The impact of prescribing in wound care on nurses and patientsSubscription

    1 July, 2002Updated: 5 March, 2009

    Karen LayFlurrie, RN.

  • Wound-bed management: key principles for practiceSubscription

    1 December, 2002Updated: 5 March, 2009

    Mark Collier, BA (Hons), RN, ONC, RCNT, RNT.

  • Implementing a research project on the development of diabetesSubscription

    13 May, 2003Updated: 5 March, 2009

    The Exeter Research Alliance for Diabetes (EXTRA study) is a new research project recently implemented at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital. This project aims to investigate the genetic and environmental influences on the development of diabetes and its associated complications. The project will combine clinical, laboratory and genetic information to improve on the current understanding of diabetes. The EXTRA study is a resource from which novel aspects of research in diabetes will ...

  • Managing practice innovations in prison health care servicesSubscription

    14 February, 2006Updated: 5 March, 2009

    Prison health care is undergoing significant organisational change affecting both the service and the health care staff who deliver it (HM Prison Service and NHS Executive, 2000; 1999). The nursing workforce in prisons is composed mainly of health care officers - prison officers who have undertaken specialist training in health care - and civilian nurses who have undertaken training in security. Some health care officers also have a nursing qualification. Most nurses working in prisons ...

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    Understanding and critiquing quantitative research papersSubscription

    10 July, 2006Updated: 5 March, 2009

    This article, the second in a three-part series on research, explores quantitative research. Quantitative research aims to focus on objectivity, and therefore searches for answers that can be generalised to other situations. Quantitative researchers believe that it is possible to focus on objective reality within the world.

  • Management of severe mental illness and substance misuseSubscription

    3 June, 2007Updated: 5 March, 2009

    VOL: 103, ISSUE: 14, PAGE NO: 28Malcolm Watts, MA, RMN, RGN, PGCert TL, is senior lecturer, school of health, University of NorthamptonThere is general acceptance that 30-50% of people with severe mental illness also have problems with substance misu…

  • Innovation On Your Specialty AwardSubscription

    23 November, 2007Updated: 4 March, 2009 By Eileen Shepherd

    Winner: West Essex PCTCommunity management of recurrent pleural effusions: Ram Gulrajani (pictured) developed the UK’s first service to manage recurrent pleural effusions in the community, making an enormous contribution to his patients’ quality of life

  • Local assessment for patients having a pancreas transplantSubscription

    10 January, 2008Updated: 4 March, 2009

    A team in Oxford improved patients’ access to life-saving surgery by setting up pancreas transplant assessment clinics throughout the south of England

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