Researching continuity of care: Can quality of life outcomes be linked to nursing care?

McMurray, Anne, Theobald, Karen A., & Chaboyer, Wendy (2004) Researching continuity of care: Can quality of life outcomes be linked to nursing care? Contemporary Nurse, 16(1-2), pp. 51-61.


Research that informs nursing interventions across the care continuum is vital, especially with shortened hospital stays. Measuring Qualiy of Life (QOL) and Health Relaed Qiality of Life (HRQOL) helps identify health status improvements, but fails to promvide insight into the ejffectiveness of nursing interventions aimed at continuity of care. Four research examples illustrate the need for complementary, qualitative studies of what patients and their families think, feel, need and want These indicate a need to reconceptualise the research agenda in terms of the complexity and settings of nursing practice, and the need for informational as well ar statistical significance.

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ID Code: 331
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Quality of life, QOL, health related quality of life, HRQOL, Continuity of care, Patient experiences, Illness and recovery, home and community care, health transitions
ISSN: 1037-6178
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > NURSING (111000)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2004 eContent Management
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher: This journal is available online.
Deposited On: 02 Aug 2004 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:01

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