This paper outlines the views of a random sample of 175 members of the public on the role and function of the health visitor.
Those who had previous contact with a health visitor were more likely to knowt her employer but not necessarily her qualifications.
They also had a greater knowledge of the type of clients a health visitor may see and the advice she is able to give.
Although many people were aware of the health visitor's work in health promotion, very few would contact a health visitor for health advice, the vast majority choosing to see their GP.
Health visitors should be aware of this and the way in which their profession is viewed by those whose health they aim to influence and may also consider a change of name and/or direction if the profession is to continue to develop and be more responsive to the needs of the 90s.
Mots-clés Pascal : Infirmier, Soin, A domicile, Education sanitaire, Enfant, Nourrisson, Mère, Perception sociale, Rôle professionnel, Enquête publique, Croyance, Santé communautaire, Personnel sanitaire, Homme
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Nurse, Care, At home, Health education, Child, Infant, Mother, Social perception, Occupational role, Public inquiry, Belief, Community health, Health staff, Human
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 96-0262428
Code Inist : 002B30A05. Création : 199608.