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Identifying and differentiating stroke and stroke mimics

18 February 2019

Nursing Standard


Stroke mimics are common differential diagnoses of stroke. This article describes common stroke mimics and their presentations. It provides nurses with an overview...

Disclosing a diagnosis of dementia: a background to the phenomenon

27 November 2013

Nursing Older People

Art & Science

The number of people with dementia who have not received a formal diagnosis is high, in the UK and also internationally. Government strategies aim to raise public...

Waiting for a cancer diagnosis

08 May 2009

Cancer Nursing Practice


A diagnosis of cancer can present a major crisis, and anticipating that investigations may reveal such a diagnosis creates much distress. This article shows how...

Schizophrenia at the tipping point

13 September 2008

Mental Health Practice


The opening statement on the US-based National Institute of Mental Health’s website devoted to schizophrenia reads: ‘Schizophrenia is a chronic, severe and disabling...

Urinary tract infection: diagnosis and management for nurses

14 February 2007

Nursing Standard


Urinary tract infection (UTI) is a common health problem, so it is important that nurses in all care settings know how to manage patients with this condition...

Dual diagnosis: meeting clients’needs

01 November 1999

Mental Health Practice

Dual Diagnosis

Over recent years there has been increasing recognition of the challenges faced by services seeking to meet the needs of people with a dual diagnosis – that is, the...

dementia and Down syndrome: the diagnosis and support needed

01 March 2007

Learning Disability Practice

A&S Science

Recent research has suggested that the early symptoms and signs of dementia in people with Down syndrome may be different from those experienced by the general...

epilepsy: fit for practice?

01 March 2006

Learning Disability Practice

A&S Science

At some point in their lives, most practitioners will have witnessed someone having an epileptic episode. Epilepsy is one of the commonest neurological conditions...

Future oncological practice and the rise of multimodal treatments

09 April 2010

Cancer Nursing Practice


The treatment of cancer is being transformed by the increasing application of scientific advances and the development of new diagnostics and therapeutic strategies...

Oral cancer: diagnosis, management and nursing care

04 December 2009

Cancer Nursing Practice


Oral cancer is estimated to be the ninth most common cancer worldwide. This article examines risk factors, diagnosis, management and the clinical nurse specialist’s...