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Library e-newsletter Issue 18 - 27 May 2016

New Zealand Health Research Strategy: discussion document

This discussion document seeks your views on the content of New Zealand’s first health research strategy for the next ten years.
Published online: 17 May 2016
We are seeking your input to improve the excellence and impact of our health research

Articles – Writing for a journal

1. Writing a journal article: guidance for novice authors
Price R
Nursing Standard (2014). 28, 35, 40-47.

Abstract: This article focuses on writing for journal publication. The purpose of writing is explored, paying particular attention to the message to be conveyed and the readership to which that message is addressed.The process of drafting and revising an article for publication is outlined, after which attention is turned to the peer-review process, what peer reviewers are looking for in an article, and what might then be required of the author in redrafting the article to meet the expectations of the journal.

2. A practical guide to writing clinical articles for publication
Nursing Older People, April 2012. Vol 24(3), 30-34
: The sharing of nursing knowledge between clinicians can strengthen the profession. Clinicians often underestimate the relevance and importance of what they may contribute and feel daunted by the idea of writing for publication. This article presents a practical approach to writing clinical articles for publication in professional journals such as Nursing Older People. It considers: what is a clinical article; the structure of a clinical article (Why? Where? How? What? What now?); choosing the journal; and understanding the editorial process.

3. Disseminating best practice through publication in journals
Nursing Standard, March 2010. Vol 24(26), 35-41
: This article, the second in a five-part series, explores the ways in which best practice might be presented successfully through articles published within journals. The article discusses the importance of preparatory research and ‘thinking time’, the need for an article plan and how to target journals and approach staff. Information and advice is provided on writing, redrafting and dealing with the peer review process.

4. Pursuing a career in nursing research
Nursing Standard, March 2014. Vol 28(28), 54-58
: Nursing is an evidence-based profession that uses the latest and best research to improve nursing practice and patient outcomes. Nursing research is needed to generate knowledge and develop nursing care. Despite this, the role of the research nurse is poorly understood and appreciated. This article discusses the importance of the nurses’ role in clinical research and provides information on how to pursue a career in research

Articles – Bowel Cancer

5. Informed choice in bowel cancer screening: a qualitative study to explore how adults with lower education use decision aids
By Smith, Sian K; Kearney, Paul; Trevena, Lyndal; Barratt, Alexandra; Nutbeam, Don; McCaffery, Kirsten J.
Health Expectations. Aug 2014, Vol. 17(4), p511-522. 12p
: Offering informed choice in screening is increasingly advocated, but little is known about how evidence-based information about the benefits and harms of screening influences understanding and participation in screening. Objective We aimed to explore how a bowel cancer screening decision aid influenced decision making and screening behaviour among adults with lower education and literacy.

6. Practice nurses key to bowel cancer campaign success
By Duffin, Christian.
Primary Health Care. Dec 2011, Vol. 21 Issue 10, p6-7. 2p
: The article looks at efforts being made in Great Britain to encourage earlier detection of the symptoms of bowel cancer (BC). The charity Men's Health Forum has studied why men are reluctant to do BC screening and found that men generally had poorer health outcomes than women.

7. What you need to know about bowel cancer
By Holdstock, Ruth.
Practice Nurse. 11/4/2011, Vol. 41 Issue 18, p13-18. 4p
: The article offers information on bowel cancer that a practice nurse needs to know. It mentions the role of practice nurse in encouraging patients to participate in screening for bowel cancer. It also discusses the risk factors, signs and symptoms, prognosis as well as the management of the disease

8. Anal cancer is on the rise; it's a shame
Leppard, Stephen.
Australian Family Physician (Apr 2016): 252-253
: 'The diagnosis is anal cancer,' I hear the oncologist say firmly and formally. As the words leave her mouth and approach me, however, I am whisked away to a subterranean cavern, cool and silent, where the doctor's voice barely penetrates, and the outside world seems distant and unreal: am I dreaming?

Articles - Nursing Older People, April 2016

9. Comprehensive geriatric assessment of a patient with complex needs
Deborah Birch.
Nursing Older People Vol. 28, Issue 4, 29 April 2016 
: This is the third in a short series that presents case study examples of the application of comprehensive geriatric assessment (CGA) in different clinical settings. CGA is a holistic assessment model, which is designed to determine a frail older person’s medical and mental health status, as well as functional, social and environmental issues. When undertaken by nurses, it can enable individualised care planning

10. Patient safety and hydration in the care of older people
Julie Burns.
Nursing Older People Vol. 28, Issue 4, 29 April 2016 
: Julie Burns sets out the causes of dehydration in older people and how nurses can manage patients’ fluid intake and thereby improve care outcomes

11. Implementing digital skills training in care homes: a literature review
Deidre Wild , Angela Kydd , Ala Szczepura
Nursing Older People Vol. 28, Issue 4, 29 April 2016 
: In the first of two articles, Deidre Wild and colleagues look at the use of technology to increase learning, and possible barriers to its uptake by residents and staff.

12. Experiences of the advanced nurse practitioner role in acute care
Alison Cowley, Joanne Cooper , Sarah Goldberg

Nursing Older People Vol. 28, Issue 4, 29 April 2016
Abstract: The aim of the service evaluation presented in this article was to explore the multidisciplinary team’s (MDT) experiences and perception of the advanced nurse practitioner (ANP) role on an acute health care of the older person ward. A qualitative case study was carried out comprising semi-structured interviews with members of the MDT, exploring their experiences of the ANP role.

Journal Table of Contents

From Primary Health Care (RCN), May 2016

13A. Editorial: New model for general practice
13B. News: First mobile clinics for people with heart failure in rural areas launched; More advanced nurse practitioners may be involved in home visits; General practice plan aims to increase nurse numbers; Nurses should be prepared for more cases of scarlet fever
13C. Analysis: Community receives nurse-led mobile cancer treatment
13D. Top five tips on inhaler use and technique
13E. Opinion: Respiratory champion [Association of Respiratory Nurse Specialists supports staff in a variety of ways to improve the care they provide]
13F. Health visitor students who are fast-tracked have lower confidence; Multidisciplinary BIS intervention eases anxiety about breathlessness; Trigger review method effective in prompting safety improvements; Clinicians worry smoking cessation advice can be perceived as criticism
13G. Research focus: Managing faecal incontinence
13H. Health promotion interventions in walk-in centres
13I. Consensus opinion on compression therapy and venous ulcers
13J. Identifying, diagnosing and managing skin allergies
13K. Self-assessment questionnaire: Managing skin allergies
13L. Contributing to the journal


14. Arthritis – A Joint Approach
This symposium brings together the expertise of Arthritis Educators, a Pharmacist and Orthopaedic surgeon  collaborating to deliver a  “one team – three  way” approach  to managing Arthritis.
Date: 7 June 2016
Venue: Rydges Hotel Auckland
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15. Arthritis – A Joint Approach
This  symposium brings together the expertise of Arthritis Educators, a Pharmacist and Orthopaedic surgeon  collaborating to deliver a  “one team – three  way” approach  to managing Arthritis
Date: 8th June, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Venue: James Cook Hotel, The Terrace, Wellington 
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16. NZ Health Research Strategy: Regional consultation meeting
We are seeking your views on the

  • proposed vision, mission and guiding principles for health research in New Zealand over the next 10 years
  • strategic priorities and actions you consider necessary to get the best value out of New Zealand’s investment in health research and create a more effective and sustainable health research and innovation system
  • questions raised in the discussion document
  • challenges and opportunities for health research and how to respond to them

Date: 14 June 2016
Venue: Terrace Conference Centre | Wellington
Register online:

17. International Congress of Behavioural Medicine
: 7-10 December 2016
Venue: Melbourne | Australia
The theme of this congress is 'Behavioural medicine: Making an impact in the modern world', reflecting the role globally of behavioural medicine in our rapidly changing and technologically dependent societies
More information:

News – National

18. 'Health age' research spells out grim outlook for many
Stuff - May 25, 2016

Insurer Sovereign has polled the nation and found that on average people's bad habits have them on track to die two years before their time. Sovereign's research is part of the development of a scheme to reward policyholders who live healthier lifestyles, thereby lowering the risk of insuring them

News International

19. Health consumer groups warn Telstra could profit from cancer register
The Age - May 26, 2016

Public health and consumer groups have questioned whether Telstra and other private companies could profit from millions of Australians' cancer screening records. The register - merging data from nine non-profit run registers - will allow GPs to access a single record of their patients' cervical and bowel cancer screening history                                                        






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