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Evaluating health care using goal attainment scaling

08 July 1998

Nursing Standard

Learning disabilities

As the costs of health care grow and public expectations rise, there has been increasing scrutiny of the effectiveness of treatment and care. The value of...

Auditing standards in electroconvulsive therapy

01 November 2010

Mental Health Practice


Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is a valid treatment option for mental health service users with severe depression and other life-threatening mental disorders. The...

Patient information on post-operative sickness

23 August 2000

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

Aim To determine the amount of information patients received on post-operative nausea and vomiting and whether this could be improved. Method A convenience sample of...

An audit of levels of psychological support referrals for cancer patients

10 February 2009

Cancer Nursing Practice


There is a wealth of literature concerning the psychological care of patients with cancer but little regarding its delivery and implementation. This retrospective...

Defining the role of the clinical nurse specialist

01 April 2003

Cancer Nursing Practice


The role of the clinical nurse specialist (CNS) remains an area of debate. To define this role, it is important to elicit the perspectives of stakeholders, such as...

Nurse specialist direct referrals to breast care clinics

01 October 2007

Cancer Nursing Practice


From pre-diagnosis and beyond treatment for breast cancer, many individuals access the breast care nurse specialist team with questions and concerns which then...

Occupational health audit

01 March 1998

Nursing Management

General article

Audit is a management tool used to measure performance against agreed standards. Occupational health (OH) performance should be measured in line with other business...

Designed for a better life

01 April 2009

Nursing Older People


A new design audit tool contains a series of resources for carrying out an assessment of environments used by people with dementia. It is suitable for refurbishment...

Clinical effectiveness and evidence-based practice

17 September 1997

Nursing Standard


Many nurses and other practising health professionals want to know more about clinical effectiveness but are deterred by the apparent confusion surrounding the...

Making sense of clinical guidelines

24 September 1997

Nursing Standard


Practising health professionals want to know more about clinical guidelines. However, as with clinical effectiveness, the apparent confusion surrounding the...