APNA's definition of primary health care nursing covers health, scope of practice, primary health care, roles and settings. We also explore general practice nursing and Phillips et al. six roles of the general practice nurse.
Cumulative Patient Complexity - Lesley Batten
This New Zealand-based pilot study examined the feasibility of introducing a complexity tool for use in PHC nursing. This presentation will explore the typology of cumulative complexity developed from a series of qualitative interviews and focus groups with thirty two PHC nurses in a variety of roles. Importantly, complexity reflected multiple patient needs that were related to a combination of diagnoses, socio-economic and cultural determinants of health, and service structures. Early identification of cumulative complexity holds promise for improving care planning, patient outcomes and staff satisfaction.