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Patient diaries: can they offer psychological help to cancer patients?

23 July 2008

Cancer Nursing Practice

Clinical

Patient diaries have been successfully used in intensive care units (ICUs) to assist rehabilitation by addressing problems such as memory loss, nightmares and...

Guidance for the psychological care of day case surgery patients

19 June 2002

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

An increase in day surgery activity to 75 per cent of all elective surgery is a central feature of the NHS Plan (DoH 2000). However, patient information provision...

Exploring the meaning of recovery following myocardial infarction

25 September 2008

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

Aim To explore the meaning of recovery from the perspective of patients who have had a myocardial infarction (MI) and their carers. Method Constructivist grounded...

Daring to talk back

01 June 2007

Mental Health Practice

General

The experience of hearing the voice of someone who is not present within the immediate physical environment (auditory hallucinations) is reported by people with and...

instrumental passivity: a behavioural theory of dependence

01 April 2002

Nursing Older People

General

The instrumental passivity hypothesis (Baltes 1982, Baltes and Skinner 1983) argues that hospitals and nursing homes reinforce the dependent behaviours of older...

Leg ulcers

01 June 2007

Nursing Older People

CPD

This article aims to explain the difference between venous and arterial leg ulcers, methods of treatment and prevention for each kind of ulcer, and the social and...

Psychological care of patients undergoing elective surgery

04 April 2007

Nursing Standard

CPD

The amount of time patients spend in hospital preparing for and recovering from elective surgery has reduced significantly in recent years. Nursing interventions...

Erectile dysfunction

05 July 2006

Primary Health Care

CPD

This article examines the impact of erectile dysfunction on men and their partners. It looks at the causes, history taking and treatments and recommends appropriate...

A psycho-educational support group for women with ovarian cancer

01 November 2003

Cancer Nursing Practice

Clinical

It has been suggested that group psychological support can have advantages over individual counselling for cancer patients, and that they prefer such groups to be...

Pre and post-operative assessment of patients with a stoma

16 January 2008

Nursing Standard

CPD

This article aims to increase healthcare professionals’ understanding of the pre and post-operative care of patients undergoing stoma-forming surgery. Areas covered...