A pilot study was undertaken to assess the respiratory component of primary care nurses' working time. 13 nurses were interviewed and 10 completed a diary during one working week. The nurses spent a mean 6.6% of their time caring for those with respiratory disease and were of the opinion that during this time they undertook 68% of the management of long term respiratory illness in the practices. More time was spent with those with asthma than with other respiratory conditions and the nurses felt that they were appropriately trained for the tasks undertaken. However, with more training they felt that they could undertake more basic care of those patients with COPD, and more advanced care of those patients with asthma.
- respiratory disease
- primary care nursing
- healthcare delivery
Roberts, N. J., Blake, D., & Partridge, M. R. (2007). How much of a primary care nurse's time is spent on those with respiratory disease?: a pilot study. Primary Care Respiratory Journal, 16, 319-320. https://doi.org/10.3132/pcrj.2007.00061