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A nurse practitioner service for nursing and residential care homes

Beecham, Jennifer and Jerram, Soline and While, Alison (2002) A nurse practitioner service for nursing and residential care homes. In: Netten, Ann and Curtis, Lesley, (eds.) Unit costs of Health and Social Care 2002. Unit costs of health and social care,10. Personal Social Services Research Unit, The University of Kent, Canterbury, pp. 17-20. ISBN 1902671333

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Abstract

An economic component was added retrospectively to an evaluation that sought to discover whether the provision of a Nurse Practitioner service would improve the health of nursing and residential home residents (Jerram, 2001). The residents of 28 homes on the south coast were recruited; 191 residents in 14 study homes and 154 residents in control group homes who would continue to receive routine care. The combined study also aimed to examine whether the nurse practitioner service would improve residents’ access to health care and reduce GPs workload, and to estimate the relative cost implications. An important part of the research was to estimate unit costs for the Nurse Practitioner (NP). NPs have advanced skills in assessment and clinical decision-making and work with many client groups and in different service contexts (Horrocks et al., 2002). It was important therefore that a unit cost was estimated for this study that reflected the resources and working patterns put in place to support this client group. This short article outlines the service-specific estimation work following the four-stage methodology summarised in Netten and Beecham (1999).

Item Type: Book Section
Official URL: http://www.pssru.ac.uk/index-kent-lse.php
Additional Information: © 2002 University of Kent at Canterbury
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
R Medicine > RT Nursing
Sets: Departments > Social Policy
Research centres and groups > LSE Health and Social Care
Research centres and groups > Personal Social Services Research Unit (PSSRU)
Date Deposited: 06 Jul 2015 15:32
Last Modified: 06 Jul 2015 15:32
Funders: Department of Health
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/61372

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