Rheumatology outpatient nurse clinics: a valuable addition?
Temmink, Denise and Hutten, Jack B.F. and Francke, Anneke L. and Rasker, Johannes J. and Abu-Saad , Huda Huijer (2001) Rheumatology outpatient nurse clinics: a valuable addition? Arthritis Care & Research, 45 (3). pp. 280-286. ISSN 0004-3591
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|Abstract:||Objectives: Transmural rheumatology nurse clinics, where nursing care is provided under the joint responsibility of a home care organization and a hospital, were recently introduced into Dutch health care. This article gives insight into outcomes of the transmural rheumatology nurse clinics. -
Methods: Patients with rheumatologic conditions who attended a transmural nurse clinic, in addition to receiving regular care, were compared with patients with rheumatologic conditions who received regular care only. The main outcome measures were the need for rheumatology-related information, the use of aids and adaptations, the use of health care services, and daily functioning. -
Results: Attending a transmural nurse clinic does not influence patients' need for information, the application of practical aids and adaptations, or daily functioning. However, attending a transmural nurse clinic does result in more contacts with rheumatologists and occupational therapists. -
Conclusions: Attending transmural nurse clinics does not result in major differences in outcomes compared with regular care. Further studies are needed to appreciate the long-term effects of transmural nurse clinics.
|Copyright:||© 2001 Wiley InterScience|
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