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Use of clowns to aid recovery in hospitalised children

01 December 2013

Nursing Children and Young People

Art & Science

Aim To examine how children in hospital perceive their meetings with clowns. Methods An interview study with ten children and an observation study of 12 children...

Caring for people with dementia in non-specialist settings

09 July 2009

Nursing Older People


This article provides a selective review and discussion of the literature focusing on educational issues for adult health nurses caring for people with dementia in...

Older people’s care experience in community and general hospitals: a comparative study

24 July 2008

Nursing Older People


Community hospitals are an important component of the post-acute care pathway for older people. The objective of this study was to describe and contrast patients’...

Alcohol liaison services in a general hospital

11 September 2014

Mental Health Practice

Art & Science

This article reports on the first year of an alcohol specialist liaison nurse working in a general hospital. The specialist nurse was able to see all but four of the...

Treatment of clients in the NHS: A case study

01 July 2013

Learning Disability Practice

Art & Science

Families of people with learning disabilities report frequently that their relatives receive poor care when they attend hospitals as inpatients. Sometimes their...

Service users’ disclosure practices following discharge from hospital

09 April 2014

Mental Health Practice

Art & Science

Using qualitative data collected from 31 participants, this article describes mental health service users’ disclosure practices following their discharge from...

Splendid isolation? The pros and cons of single rooms for the NHS

21 May 2009

Nursing Management


Nightingale wards remained the layout of choice in most NHS hospitals until the 1960s, when racetrack wards and bay areas with between four and six beds were...

How clinical champions can improve quality

01 March 2008

Nursing Management


HEALTHCARE ASSOCIATED infections (HCAIs) impede the ability of trusts to deliver high quality services, and cost the UK around £1 billion a year (Plowman et al...

Reducing nutritional risk in hospital: the red tray

12 March 2003

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

Background Malnutrition in hospital is too common. During the patient’s stay, many factors influence their nutritional state. Several reports have drawn attention to...

Guaranteed clean

30 April 2008

Nursing Standard


Patients’ anxiety about hospital hygiene led nurses in Cumbria to devise reassuring welcome cards.