Nurse-patient consultations in primary care: do patients disclose their concerns?
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Objective: To quantify the extent to which patients disclose their concerns to community nurses during wound care consultations. Method: Using an 'observation checklist' based on themes and subthemes that were identified in a previous study of the same patients, 20 wound care consultations were observed. The non-participant observer completed the checklist and made field notes regarding the context and nature of interactions. Results: Patient participants had 160 opportunities to raise concerns regarding previously-identified pain, exudate and odour, yet they did not do so on 64 (40%) occasions. They had 28, 32 and 84 opportunities to raise emotional, wound care and daily living issues, respectively, and they did not on 16 (56%), 3 (9%) and 32 (38%) occasions. Overall, patients did not raise 38% of their concerns. Of the concerns that were raised, 8% were either not acknowledged or were disregarded by their community nurse. Conclusion: If these data are representative, this has profound implications for person-centred care and shared decision-making models of care, which are predicated on patients articulating their needs. They also have implications for the development of practitioners' communication and consulting skills. Declaration of interest: This study was funded by NHS West Midlands Strategic Health Authority. The authors have no conflicts of interest to declare.
Journal of Wound Care
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