Assessment of an established dialysis nurse practitioner model of care using mixed methods research

Stanley, Melissa, Worrall-Carter, Linda, Rahman, Muhammad A, McEvedy, Samantha and Langham, Robyn 2016, Assessment of an established dialysis nurse practitioner model of care using mixed methods research, Contemporary nurse, vol. 51, no. 2-3, pp. 148-162, doi: 10.1080/10376178.2016.1157029.

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Title Assessment of an established dialysis nurse practitioner model of care using mixed methods research
Author(s) Stanley, Melissa
Worrall-Carter, Linda
Rahman, Muhammad A
McEvedy, Samantha
Langham, Robyn
Journal name Contemporary nurse
Volume number 51
Issue number 2-3
Start page 148
End page 162
Total pages 15
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication London, Eng
Publication date 2016
ISSN 1037-6178
Keyword(s) kidney disease
nurse practitioner
renal dialysis
quality of life
patient satisfaction
Summary AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: To assess a dialysis nurse practitioner (NP) model of care by examining satisfaction, quality of life (QOL) and clinical outcomes of haemodialysis patients and explore experiences of dialysis nurses.

DESIGN: Mixed methods.

METHODS: Database analyses of dialysis indices amongst a sample (n = 45) of haemodialysis patients; a survey (n = 27) examining patient experience, satisfaction and QOL; and in-depth interviews with a sample (n = 10) of nurses.

RESULTS: Nurses commended the NP role, with five themes emerging: "managing and co-ordinating", "streamlining and alleviating", "developing capability", "supporting innovation and quality" and "connecting rurally". Patients' average age was 66 years and 71% were male. Patients' satisfaction with the care they received was rated 3.5/4 or higher across seven parameters and the average QOL score was 7.9/10.

CONCLUSION: The NP model of care is effective in enhancing patient care within a collaborative framework. The challenge is to sustain, and enhance the model, through mentorship programs for potential candidates.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/10376178.2016.1157029
Field of Research 1110 Nursing
Socio Economic Objective 920210 Nursing
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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