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Issue 26 Library e-newsletter - 13 July 2017


Articles – Delegation

1. Editorial: Successful task delegation in general practice - a way to maintain primary health care in the future
Riisgaard, Helle; Nexøe, Jørgen
Scandinavian Journal of Primary Health Care; Jun 2017; v.35. n.2, 111-112. 2p
: Taking the clinical perspective, previous research has found that the practice staff, primarily nurses, can substitute for GPs in providing good quality health care to patients and that the patient satisfaction is equally high and, in some cases, even higher when tasks are delegated internally

2. The power of delegation
Terry, Mark
Podiatry Management, Jun/Jul 2016; 35(5): 119-122. 4p
: The article examines the power of delegation in improving the practice efficiency of a podiatric clinic. Topics covered include how podiatrists need to be leaders that serve others and gives control, financial safeguards such as meeting with accountants on a monthly basis who review the monthly financial statements, and communicating deadlines for different tasks to enable

3. The art and science of delegation
Stonehouse, David
British Journal of Healthcare Assistants, Mar 2015; 9(3): 150-153. 4p
: Support workers rarely work in isolation, but are members of a much wider, professional, multidisciplinary team (MDT). To perform care of the highest standard, roles and responsibilities are divided up among the team, with the most appropriate person being assigned to perform the correct procedure or tasks, given their skills, knowledge, experience and workload.

4. An analysis of delegation styles among newly qualified nurses..
Magnusson C, Allan H, Horton K et al
Nursing Standard, 31(25) Feb 2017: 46-53.
The aim of this research was to explore how newly qualified nurses learn to organise, delegate and supervise care in hospital wards when working with and supervising healthcare assistants. It was part of a wider UK research project to explore how newly qualified nurses recontextualise the knowledge they have gained during their pre-registration nurse education programmes for use in clinical practice.

Articles – Telehealth/E-health

5. Mobile phone text messaging to improve knowledge and practice of diabetic foot care in a developing country: Feasibility and outcomes
Zeinab M. Hassan.
International Journal Nursing Practice. 2017;23(S1):e12546
Purpose:  To test the feasibility and effectiveness of using mobile phone text messaging to reinforce learning and the practice of diabetic foot care in a developing country. Methods: Ongoing learning reinforcement (2-3 times weekly) by text messaging followed an informal class on diabetic foot care in a community clinic setting

6. Use of a digital health application for influenza surveillance in China
By Hswen, Yulin; Brownstein, John S.; Liu, Jeremiah; Hawkins, Jared B.
American Journal of Public Health. Jul 2017, Vol. 107 Issue 7, p1130-1136. 7p
: To examine whether a commercial digital health application could support influenza surveillance in China. We retrieved data from the Thermia online and mobile educational tool, which allows parents to monitor their children's fever and infectious febrile illnesses including influenza.

7. Patient portals. How today's technology is shaping healthcare's future
By Price, Perry.
Health Management Technology. Jun 2017, Vol. 38 Issue 6, p10-11. 2p.
: The article discusses the impact of online patient portals and other technological innovations on healthcare. Online portals provide more efficient and effective patient-provider communication and improved accessibility to personal health information, among other benefits. Challenges to their deployment include security and underutilization by patients.

8. Is mobile healthcare the future?
Health Management Technology. May 2017, p1-8. 8p.
: The article presents statistics related to medical technology, including the number of existing mobile applications (apps) related to health and fitness, the number of smartphone users who seek health-related information using their phones, and the expected total mobile health market revenue by 2017.

Articles –  Respiratory Health

9. Poor Indoor Air Quality, Mold Exposure, and Upper Respiratory Tract Infections--Are We Placing Our Children at Risk?
By Polyzois, Dimos; Polyzoi, Eleoussa; Wells, John A.; Koulis, Theo.
Journal of Environmental Health. Mar 2016, Vol. 78 Issue 7, p20-27. 8p
: Understanding how respiratory health risks are associated with poor housing is essential to designing effective strategies to improve children's quality of life. The objective of the study described in this article was to determine the relationship between respiratory health and housing conditions.

10. Antibiotic prescribing for acute respiratory tract infections in Norwegian primary care out-of-hours service 
By Lindberg, Bent H.; Gjelstad, Svein; Foshaug, Mats; Høye, Sigurd.
Scandinavian Journal of Primary Health Care. Jun 2017, Vol. 35 Issue 2, p178-185. 8p
To examine factors correlating with antibiotic prescribing for acute respiratory tract infections (ARTIs) in Norwegian primary care out-of-hours service. Materials and methods:Retrospective data analysis for the year 2014 in two out-of-hours primary care units located in the towns of Hamar and Tønsberg in Norway, analysing type and frequency of different antibiotics prescribed by 117 medical doctors for ARTIs, and factors correlating with these.

11. Quality indicators for the diagnosis and antibiotic treatment of acute respiratory tract infections in general practice: a RAND Appropriateness Method 
By Saust, Laura Trolle; Bjerrum, Lars; Arpi, Magnus; Hansen, Malene Plejdrup.
Scandinavian Journal of Primary Health Care. Jun 2017, Vol. 35 Issue 2, p192-200. 9p
: To develop quality indicators for the diagnosis and antibiotic treatment of acute respiratory tract infections, tailored to the Danish general practice setting.
Design: A RAND/UCLA Appropriateness Method was used.
Setting: General practice.
Subjects: A panel of nine experts, mainly general practitioners, was asked to rate the relevance of 64 quality indicators for the diagnosis and antibiotic treatment of acute respiratory tract infections based on guidelines.

Journal Table of Contents

The Outlet: New Zealand Stomal Therapy Nurses, July 2017

12A. Your Executive Committee members
12B. Chairperson’s report
12C. Editor’s report – Jackie Hutchings [Updating national stomal therapy contact details; AASTN conference – Brisbane 2017
12D. The Liberty NZ Stomal Therapy Publishing Excellence Award
12E. Listening with my heart: Poems by Aotearoa New Zealand nurses
12F. Policy for Bernadette hart Award
12G. Into the sunshine: Storytelling in Stomal Therapy
12H. Managing a wet colostomy
12I. Living with pseudomyxoma peritonei: 10 years on, what next?
12J. The woman who had tried everything [Liposuction to assist in improvement of ileal conduit form and function – a case study

Conferences & Workshops

13. University of Waikato Tauranga Public Lecture Series
'Mean, misunderstood and mistreated: Psychopathy in the wild', by Professor Devon Polaschek
Date & Time: 5.30pm, Thursday 20 July, 2017
Location: Trinity Wharf, 51 Dive Crescent, Tauranga
More information:

14. NZNO Mental Health Nurses Section Forum
Risk management in mental health clinical practice
Date: Friday 4 August 2017
Venue: St Johns in the City, Cnr Willis & Dixon street, Wellington
To register:

News – National

15. Nelsan Ellis' death from alcohol withdrawal a 'cautionary tale'
Stuff – 12 July 2017
When 39-year-old actor Nelsan Ellis died at the weekend, his manager Emily Saines said he died from "complications with heart failure". Earlier this week, though, Saines released a new statement showing the story to be much darker and complicated than that. The heart failure was caused by Ellis' attempt to stop abusing alcohol on his own, which had been a lifelong but private struggle for the actor, best known for his role in the series True Blood.

News – International

16. The simple workout that will stop you snoring and improve your sleep
The Telegraph - 12 July 2017
Snoring is an epidemic with real public health consequences. Left untreated it can develop into sleep apnoea, which causes blood oxygen levels to plummet and is associated with impotence, loss of concentration, poor memory, diabetes, hypertension and, most worrying of all, heart attacks in the middle of the night

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