Practice nurses' role and knowledge about diabetes management within rural and remote Australian general practices

Livingston, R. and Dunning, T. 2010, Practice nurses' role and knowledge about diabetes management within rural and remote Australian general practices, European diabetes nursing, vol. 7, no. 2, Autumn, pp. 55-62, doi: 10.1002/edn.158.

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Title Practice nurses' role and knowledge about diabetes management within rural and remote Australian general practices
Author(s) Livingston, R.
Dunning, T.ORCID iD for Dunning, T. orcid.org/0000-0002-0284-1706
Journal name European diabetes nursing
Volume number 7
Issue number 2
Season Autumn
Start page 55
End page 62
Total pages 8
Publisher John Wiley & Sons
Place of publication Chichester, Eng;and
Publication date 2010-08
ISSN 1551-7853
1551-7861
Keyword(s) practice nurses
diabetes
rural
knowledge
role
Summary Background: The increasing prevalence of diabetes and obesity represents a significant disease burden in Australia. Practice nurses (PNs) play an important role in diabetes education and management.

Aim: To explore PNs' roles, knowledge and beliefs about diabetes education and management in rural and remote general practice in Australia.

Method: Exploratory study undertaken in three phases: 1) Pilot study to test the performance of the questionnaire; 2) One-shot cross-sectional survey using self-complete questionnaires; 3) Individual interviews.

Results:
Ten PNs completed the pilot test; the draft questionnaire was deemed appropriate to the study purpose. Then, 65 questionnaires were distributed to PNs and 21 responded. Fourteen respondents had worked in the role <5 years, and most PNs attended diabetes education programmes in their workplace. A minority (40%) used diabetes management guidelines regularly. Most knew obesity to be the most common risk factor for diabetes but only 50% knew that glycosylated haemoglobin indicates blood glucose levels over the preceding three months. Self-reported competency to assess patients' self-care practices and medication management practices varied.

Conclusion: PNs' diabetes management was self-reported; their knowledge varied and their perceived benefits of diabetes education differed from those of patients.
Language eng
DOI 10.1002/edn.158
Field of Research 111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920104 Diabetes
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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