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Original Research  |   Volume 3, Issue 1

Using Quality Improvement Methods to Implement Guidelines to Decrease the Proportion of Urinary Retention in Orthopaedic Care

Ann-Christine Andersson, Rose-Marie Johansson, Mattias Elg, Boel Andersson Gare and Lennart Christensson

In patients treated with indwelling urethral catheter (IUC), complications such as catheter associated urinary tract infections are common, while underuse of IUC may cause harmful urinary retention (UR).

  PDF   |    Full Text | DOI: 10.23937/2469-5823/1510065

Research Article  |   Volume 3, Issue 1

Reliability and Validity of Drugs Use Health Belief Scale in Adult Women

Behice Erci and Zeynep Cicek

The research was methodological study design. A convenience sample of 210 women at a primary health care centre completed a structured questionnaire including the health beliefs related drug use scale for women in 2012. The researchers visited primary health care centre on 5 working days in every week and conducted interviews with the women.

  PDF   |    Full Text | DOI: 10.23937/2469-5823/1510064

Original Article  |   Volume 3, Issue 1

Improving Practitioners Knowledge and Confidence to Identify High Risk Medications with Older Adults: A Quality Improvement Intervention

Ellen O Beyer and Jeungok Choi

Adults 65 years and older are at increased risk for complications of drug therapy and are vulnerable to medication prescribing patterns of poor quality because of age-related changes, comorbidities, polypharmacy, and medication interactions. Potentially inappropriate medications contribute to adverse drug events, falls, delirium, and gastrointestinal bleeding and are deemed preventable.

  PDF   |    Full Text | DOI: 10.23937/2469-5823/1510063

Review Article  |   Volume 3, Issue 1

Self-Perceived Competency-Based Training Needs of Registered Nurses: A Cross-Sectional Exploratory Study

Lap Fung Tsang, So Yuen Alice Sham, Sheung Lan Winnie Law, Shuk Chun Irene Ho, Siu Keung Tang, Ching Yan Kong, Suk Ying Peggy Wong and A Marie Tarrant

The aim of this study is to explore a competency-based training need of registered nurses working in United Christian Hospital (UCH) in Hong Kong. This cross-sectional questionnaire study included 876 registered nurses from 3 to 23 August 2015.

  PDF   |    Full Text | DOI: 10.23937/2469-5823/1510062

Review Article  |   Volume 3, Issue 1

Brief Report: Von Willebrand Disease in Women: A Review and APN Survey Results

Jennifer P Kurkowski, Angelo P Giardino, Jennifer E Dietrich and Haleh H Sangi

Approximately 3 million women in the United States are estimated to have an inherited bleeding disorder, VWD being the most common and affecting 1% of the population. Pathophysiology, prevalence, relationship to heavy menstrual bleeding, screening and appropriate workup for VWD are discussed. Advanced practice nurses were surveyed about the amount of education on bleeding disorders and revealed 59% were taught about Type 1 Von Willebrand disease in school. Furthermore, 62.2% of participants felt like their training was not sufficient for preparation on the evaluation of bleeding disorders in clinical practice.

  PDF   |    Full Text | DOI: 10.23937/2469-5823/1510061

Short Commentary  |   Volume 3, Issue 1

Healthcare Provider Guidance for Breast Cancer Screening

Ray Cody Mayo

Breast cancer is the most common non-skin cancer in American women. Currently there are multiple differing recommendations regarding the appropriate approach to breast cancer screening. Unfortunately this lack of clarity causes confusion on the part of the healthcare provider and patient which may lead to suboptimal healthcare decisions. The current recommendations are reviewed and patient guidance is discussed below in a concise, organized format.

  PDF   |    Full Text | DOI: 10.23937/2469-5823/1510060