Recognising and understanding Lyme disease
Sandra Pearson Medical director, Lyme Disease Action
Lyme disease is the most common vector-borne disease in the northern hemisphere and its incidence is rising, leading to increased public health concerns. It is important to understand the nature of the disease because this defines the limitations of current understanding and knowledge. Significant uncertainties in diagnostics and treatment remain. There is an important role for the nurse in raising awareness, giving advice on prevention and correct tick removal, and in recognising signs of Lyme disease to assist access to prompt medical attention. Increased awareness, further research, improved diagnostics and advances in therapeutics are urgently required.
Nursing Standard. 29, 1, 37-43. doi: 10.7748/ns.29.1.37.e9073Correspondence
This article has been subject to double blind peer review
Received: 15 April 2014
Accepted: 27 June 2014