Providing care for adults with complex neurological disabilities

Baker, Mark
September 2009
British Journal of Nursing;9/24/2009, Vol. 18 Issue 17, p1050
Academic Journal
Patients with long-term neurological conditions are highly dependent on registered nurses and healthcare assistants for care. This article highlights some of the issues nurses face in providing care to patients with long-term neurological conditions. A synopsis is given of a study currently underway, which is considering these issues. The study aims to explore the education and training requirements of registered nurses and health care assistants in providing care for adults with complex neurological conditions. During the 3-year study, data are being obtained from registered nurses, health-care assistants, and allied health professionals working with adults affected by complex neurological conditions, and from their relatives and families. The results of this study will be the subject of a future paper. It is anticipated that by addressing nursing education requirements in this speciality area, future nursing practice will be improved for this patient group, thus contributing to improved quality of life.


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