EULAR recommendations for the role of the nurse in the management of chronic inflammatory arthritis

This study provides 10 evidence-based and expert opinion-based recommendations on the role of the nurse in the management of chronic inflammatory arthritis

Yvonne van Eijk-Hustings

2011

Scholarcy highlights

  • In rheumatology, registered nurses often act as the interface between patients and other members of the multidisciplinary team
  • The role of nurses in the management of chronic inflammatory arthritis appeared to differ greatly between countries and across regions due to their educational level, training and expertise, as well as to national and regional regulations and contexts and funding issues related to overall healthcare provision
  • Roles, tasks and qualifications should be clearly described in frameworks to practice that include protocols and guidelines
  • Some tasks may be provided by other health professionals, depending on local accessibility and competency
  • It is arguable whether these tasks have the same quality when provided by different health professionals
  • This study explicitly deals with nurses, because this profession is often not clearly visible in multidisciplinary team care, but their role should be considered in the context of care delivery of other healthcare providers and an active role of patients
  • To study the contribution of the nurse in improving access to care and in facilitating the effective utilisation of care provided by members of the multidisciplinary team To study the role of nurses in optimising ‘treat to target’ in early disease To study the contribution of the nurse in improving patient-preferred outcomes To compare the different components of nursing care in each European country in relation to knowledge and competencies To perform cost-effectiveness studies across different European countries, on the role of the nurse in basic and advanced practice To study the long-term effects of interventions by a nurse on quality of life, psychosocial and general well-being To study the contribution of the nurse in improving self-management and self-efficacy To study the impact of interventions by a nurse on the patient’s employment status and social participation To define the contribution of the nurse in the prevention of comorbidities To study the recommendations in different patient populations including ankylosing spondylitis and psoriatic arthritis for patients in a broad spectrum of disease-related problems. roles, tasks and qualifications should be clearly described in frameworks to practice that include protocols and guidelines

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