Health visitor workload: an integrative review of the literature
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Health visitor workload: an integrative review of the literature

Bernie Reid Lecturer in nursing, school of nursing and paramedic science, Ulster University, Derry, Northern Ireland
Julie Tracey Lecturer in nursing, school of nursing and paramedic science, Ulster University, Derry, Northern Ireland

Why you should read this article:
  • To appreciate the complexity of measuring and quantifying health visitor workload

  • To recognise the need for health visitor workload planning and development to make the best use of staffing resources and to promote quality preschool child and family outcomes

  • To be aware of the lack of consensus on how best to organise and measure health visitor workload

Managing health visitor workload is essential to ensure a safe and sustainable service. This article discusses the findings of an integrative review that aimed to summarise the literature on health visitor workload and to ascertain how such literature might inform future workload planning and development. A total of 23 studies were included in the review from which four main themes emerged: organising services; measuring workload; supporting workload; and practice issues affecting workload. No consensus emerged on how best to organise and measure health visitor workload. Locality-based workload tools had minimal programmatic research directed towards establishing their reliability and validity. These tools merit closer examination to determine how they might inform future health visitor workload planning and development.

Primary Health Care. doi: 10.7748/phc.2023.e1804

Peer review

This article has been subject to external double-blind peer review and checked for plagiarism using automated software

Correspondence

bb.reid@ulster.ac.uk

Conflict of interest

None declared

Reid B, Tracey J (2023) Health visitor workload: an integrative review of the literature. Primary Health Care. doi: 10.7748/phc.2023.e1804

Published online: 02 August 2023

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