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Evaluating an education programme in general palliative care for community nurses.

Hughes, Philippa M. and Noble, Bill and Payne, Sheila and Ingleton, Christine and Parker, Chris (2006) Evaluating an education programme in general palliative care for community nurses. International Journal of Palliative Nursing, 12 (3). pp. 123-131. ISSN 1357-6321

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Abstract

Aim To evaluate the effects of a palliative care education programme on the self-reported knowledge and confidence of 72 community nurses. Design A prospective longitudinal postal questionnaire survey was conducted. Findings Seventy-one (99%) completed a pre-course questionnaire, 52 (72%) a questionnaire at completion of the course, and 37 (51%) a questionnaire 1 year later. Following the programme, more nurses felt that their professional needs were being met well or very well. Confidence in practice showed an increasing trend over time. Desire for education was lower on course completion than at its start. Palliative Care Nursing Quiz scores rose from a pre-course median of 12.5 to 15 at course completion (P=0.001) which was maintained 1 year later. Conclusion The education programme was successful in raising standards of knowledge, professional development and confidence. Improvement was maintained 1 year later.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of Palliative Nursing
Uncontrolled Keywords: District nursing Palliative care Community care Nurse education Evaluation research
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Departments: Faculty of Health and Medicine > Health Research
ID Code: 8287
Deposited By: Mr Richard Ingham
Deposited On: 17 Apr 2008 08:58
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 19 Mar 2013 11:13
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/8287

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