Chronic condition nursing

Denise Johnston, Eileen Petrie, Diana Guzys

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Most people with chronic conditions spend the majority of their lives at home, in their community. Some conditions may have acute exacerbations from time to time, requiring periods of hospitalisation, but many do not. Community nurses who specialise in the management of chronic conditions work to support people to manage their health and achieve quality of life. While there are some nurses who work with clients with chronic conditions in a generic sense, some conditions are sufficiently common, such as diabetes, asthma, epilepsy and arthritis, that nurses become experts in managing a single condition, enabling them to provide focused education, care and support to
clients with a specific chronic condition. The principles underpinning chronic condition nursing practice are consistent, even when practice may focus on condition-specific knowledge and skills. The role of the diabetes nurse is representative of nurses who specialise in chronic conditions, and is used to provide an example of practice in this area of community nursing.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAn introduction to community and primary health care
EditorsDiana Guzys, Eileen Petrie
Place of PublicationPort Melbourne, Australia
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)9781107633094
Publication statusPublished - 2014


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