To study the feasibility of a practice nurse caring for patients with minor illnesses.
Design-Nurse given training in dealing withpatients with minor illnesses.
Patients requesting a same day appointment were offered a nurse consultation.
Main outcome measures-Number of consultations which required a doctor contact, treatment, and rate of reconsultation.
Of 696 consultations in six months, 602 (86%) required no doctor contact. 549 (79%) patients did not reconsult about that episode of illness, and 343 (50%) patients were given advice on self care only.
Conclusion-Trained nurses could diagnose and treat a large proportion of patients currently consulting general practitioners about minor illness provided that the nurse has immediate access to a doctor.
Mots-clés Pascal : Infirmier, Maladie, Soin santé primaire, Pratique professionnelle, Rôle professionnel, Médecin généraliste, Diagnostic, Organisation santé, Etude statistique, Angleterre, Grande Bretagne, Royaume Uni, Europe
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Nurse, Disease, Primary health care, Professional practice, Occupational role, General practitioner, Diagnosis, Public health organization, Statistical study, England, Great Britain, United Kingdom, Europe
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 95-0266877
Code Inist : 002B30A05. Création : 01/03/1996.