Specialist nurses can contribute to “all elements” of continuity of care for patients with long-term neurological conditions, according to York University researchers in the Journal of Advanced Nursing.
They assessed six neurology services and said nurses could fill a gap in support “evident for over 20 years”.
“Their specialist knowledge about the condition and local services, flexibility, co-ordinating role, and their holistic and collaborative approach to practice, are key factors,” they said.
- Aspinal F, et al. Promoting continuity of care for people with long-term neurological conditions: the role of the neurology nurse specialist. Journal of Advanced Nursing 2012; Advance online publication.