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Attitudes and Opinions of Community Health Nurses on Nursing Discharge Summaries and Cooperation with Hospital Nurses

Kristina Hanžek ; University hospital centre Zagreb

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str. 51-59

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Aim: To examine the attitudes and opinions of community health nurses on nursing discharge summaries (NDS) as a form of cooperation with hospital nurses in terms of improving mutual cooperation.

Methods: A total of 27 community health nurses employed at two health care centres in the City of Zagreb participated in the study. Four focus group discussions were held, led by a moderator and observed by a researcher. The participants were given statements and open-ended questions which allowed them to freely express their personal views, thoughts, opinions and doubts. The data was analysed in accordance with the principles of one of the most influential models of qualitative data analysis of the authors Glaser and Strauss.

Results: Four main topics were derived by data analysis: 1) knowledge of NDS; 2) features of existing NDS; 3) elements of cooperation between community health nurses and hospital nurses via existing NDS; 4) recommendations for improvement of NDS.

Conclusion: Routine issuance of NDS for each patient indicating the continuation of nursing care after being discharged contributes to improved cooperation between nurses at different nursing care levels, emphasizes the role of the nurse in cost-effective planning and nursing and, most importantly, ensures cost-effective, continuous, holistic and quality nursing care for each individual patient.

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community health nurses, nursing discharge summary

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