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Evidence-based Nursing Care

Section edited by Bridget Johnston

This section concerns all aspects of evidence-based knowledge to inform and transform nursing practice in all settings, and includes original research studies, systematic or integrative reviews, meta-analyses reporting advances relevant to best nursing practice.

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  1. Content type: Research article

    Patient satisfaction with nursing care has been considered as the most important predictor of the overall patient satisfaction with hospital service and quality of health care service at large. However, the na...

    Authors: Henok Mulugeta, Fasil Wagnew, Getenet Dessie, Henok Biresaw and Tesfa Dejenie Habtewold

    Citation: BMC Nursing 2019 18:27

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    Coronary artery disease remains the most common single cause of death worldwide. Percutaneous coronary intervention is an appropriate management for coronary artery disease which is not free from its potential...

    Authors: Maan Sh. AL-Momani and Mohannad Eid AbuRuz

    Citation: BMC Nursing 2019 18:24

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  3. Content type: Research article

    Pressure ulcer is a preventable medical complication of immobility. It has psychological, economic and social impact on individual and family. Its cost of treatment is more than twice of cost of prevention. It...

    Authors: Werku Etafa Ebi, Getahun Fetensa Hirko and Diriba Ayala Mijena

    Citation: BMC Nursing 2019 18:20

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  4. Content type: Research article

    Augmented reality (AR) has the potential to be utilized in various fields. Nursing fulfils the requirements of smart glass use cases, and technology may be one method of supporting nurses that face challenges ...

    Authors: Hanna Wüller, Jonathan Behrens, Marcus Garthaus, Sara Marquard and Hartmut Remmers

    Citation: BMC Nursing 2019 18:19

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  5. Content type: Research article

    There has been a recent growth in research addressing mental health nurses’ routine physical healthcare knowledge and attitudes. We aimed to systematically review the empirical evidence about i) mental health ...

    Authors: Geoffrey L. Dickens, Robin Ion, Cheryl Waters, Evan Atlantis and Bronwyn Everett

    Citation: BMC Nursing 2019 18:16

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  6. Content type: Research article

    Burn injury is a significant problem in low and middle-income countries. Moreover, across regions children are more affected by burn injury than adults. The outcome of burn injury is greatly influenced by the ...

    Authors: Nyakanda P. Marwa and Edith A. M. Tarimo

    Citation: BMC Nursing 2019 18:8

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  7. Content type: Study protocol

    Pain is one of cancer patients’ most frequent and distressing symptoms; however, analgesics’ side effects often increase symptom burden. Further, with the home rapidly becoming the primary cancer care setting,...

    Authors: Sabine Valenta, Rebecca Spirig, Christine Miaskowski, Kathrin Zaugg and Elisabeth Spichiger

    Citation: BMC Nursing 2018 17:54

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  8. Content type: Research article

    Research suggests that registered nurses (RNs) do not feel adequately prepared to support patients with intellectual disability disorder (IDD). This is unsurprising, as few European health sciences curricula i...

    Authors: Marie Appelgren, Christel Bahtsevani, Karin Persson and Gunilla Borglin

    Citation: BMC Nursing 2018 17:51

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  9. Content type: Research article

    A changing sociodemographic landscape has seen rising numbers of people with two or more long-term health conditions. Multimorbidity presents numerous challenges for patients and families and those who work in...

    Authors: Siobhan O’Connor, Christi Deaton, Fiona Nolan and Bridget Johnston

    Citation: BMC Nursing 2018 17:49

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  10. Content type: Study protocol

    Humanistic nursing practice constitutes the cornerstone of the nursing profession. However, according to some authors, such practice tends to fade over time in favour of non-humanistic behaviours. To contrast ...

    Authors: Philippe Delmas, Louise O’Reilly, Chantal Cara, Sylvain Brousseau, Jean Weidmann, Delphine Roulet-Schwab, Isabelle Ledoux, Jérôme Pasquier, Matteo Antonini and Tanja Bellier-Teichmann

    Citation: BMC Nursing 2018 17:47

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  11. Content type: Research article

    Nurse turnover has a negative impact on the ability to meet patient needs and provide a high quality of care, which may create more stress on other staff due to increased workloads. This can lead to critical c...

    Authors: Bayan Kaddourah, Amani K. Abu-Shaheen and Mohamad Al-Tannir

    Citation: BMC Nursing 2018 17:43

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Older patients with a hip fracture require specialized emergency care and their first healthcare encounter before arriving at the hospital is often with the ambulance service. Since 2005 there has been a regis...

    Authors: Glenn Larsson, Ulf Strömberg, Cecilia Rogmark and Anna Nilsdotter

    Citation: BMC Nursing 2018 17:38

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  13. Content type: Research article

    Due to the high morbidity and disability level among diabetes patients in nursing homes, the conditions for caregivers are exceedingly complex and challenging. The patient safety culture in nursing homes shoul...

    Authors: Irit Titlestad, Anne Haugstvedt, Jannicke Igland and Marit Graue

    Citation: BMC Nursing 2018 17:36

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  14. Content type: Research article

    Research into evidence-based practice has been extensively explored in nursing and there is strong recognition that the organizational context influences implementation. A range of barriers has been identified...

    Authors: Wendy Gifford, Qing Zhang, Shaolin Chen, Barbara Davies, Rihua Xie, Shi-Wu Wen and Gillian Harvey

    Citation: BMC Nursing 2018 17:26

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  15. Content type: Research article

    The evaluation and treatment of older people’s nutritional care is generally viewed as a low priority by nurses. However, given that eating and drinking are fundamental human activities, the support and enhanc...

    Authors: Katarina Sjögren Forss, Jane Nilsson and Gunilla Borglin

    Citation: BMC Nursing 2018 17:19

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  16. Content type: Research article

    Endotracheal tube (ETT) fasteners such as the AnchorFast™ claim to assist with the prevention of oral pressure injuries in intubated patients, however evidence to support their clinical efficacy is limited. Th...

    Authors: Jaye Hampson, Cameron Green, Joanne Stewart, Lauren Armitstead, Gemma Degan, Andrea Aubrey, Eldho Paul and Ravindranath Tiruvoipati

    Citation: BMC Nursing 2018 17:4

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  17. Content type: Research article

    Patients in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) often experience communication difficulties - usually associated with mechanical ventilation - resulting in psychological problems such as anxiety, fear, and depressio...

    Authors: K. S. Dithole, Gloria Thupayagale-Tshweneagae, Oluwaseyi A. Akpor and Mary M. Moleki

    Citation: BMC Nursing 2017 16:74

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  18. Content type: Research article

    Nurses often have difficulties with using interdisciplinary stroke guidelines for patients with stroke as they do not focus sufficiently on nursing. Therefore, the Stroke Nursing Guideline (SNG) was developed ...

    Authors: Ingibjörg Bjartmarz, Helga Jónsdóttir and Thóra B. Hafsteinsdóttir

    Citation: BMC Nursing 2017 16:72

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  19. Content type: Research article

    Active patient participation is a patient safety priority for health care. Yet, patients and their preferences are less understood. The aim of the study was to explore hospitalised patients’ preferences on par...

    Authors: Mona Ringdal, Wendy Chaboyer, Kerstin Ulin, Tracey Bucknall and Lena Oxelmark

    Citation: BMC Nursing 2017 16:69

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  20. Content type: Research article

    Decubitus ulcers are associated with a burden for the patients and cause enormous costs. One of the reasons for the development of decubitus is prolonged exposure to pressure. The aim of this pilot study was t...

    Authors: Heidrun Pickenbrock, Vera U. Ludwig and Antonia Zapf

    Citation: BMC Nursing 2017 16:60

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  21. Content type: Research article

    This study examined the long-term effects of nurse-led, individualized education on self-efficacy, self-care compliance, and health-related quality of life (HRQoL) in middle-aged patients with new-onset acute ...

    Authors: Jae Lan Shim and Seon Young Hwang

    Citation: BMC Nursing 2017 16:59

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  22. Content type: Case report

    Intermittent Pneumatic Compression (IPC) is shown to improve the healing rate of Venous Leg Ulcers (VLU) in the hospital setting. The current Australian “Gold Standard” treatment according to the Australian an...

    Authors: Katrina Young, Harrison Ng Chok and Lesley Wilkes

    Citation: BMC Nursing 2017 16:56

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  23. Content type: Research article

    The nursing process is a systematic method of planning, delivering, and evaluating individualized care for clients in any state of health or illness. Many countries have adopted the nursing process as the stan...

    Authors: Zeray Baraki, Fiseha Girmay, Kalayou Kidanu, Hadgu Gerensea, Dejen Gezehgne and Hafte Teklay

    Citation: BMC Nursing 2017 16:54

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  24. Content type: Research article

    Pain problems are a rapidly growing health problem found among both children and adolescent, and about 15–30% have reported chronic pain problems. School nurses in Norway meet adolescents with various ailments...

    Authors: Magnhild Høie, Kristin Haraldstad, Gudrun Rohde, Liv Fegran, Thomas Westergren, Sølvi Helseth, Åshild Slettebø and Berit Johannessen

    Citation: BMC Nursing 2017 16:53

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  25. Content type: Research article

    Few studies have empirically investigated factors that define residential aged care units that are perceived as being highly person-centred. The purpose of this study was to explore factors characterising resi...

    Authors: Karin Sjögren, Marie Lindkvist, Per-Olof Sandman, Karin Zingmark and David Edvardsson

    Citation: BMC Nursing 2017 16:44

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  26. Content type: Research article

    Alarms in the critical areas are an important component of most of the machines as they alert nurses on the change in the patients’ condition. Most patients in the critical care units cannot speak for themselv...

    Authors: Lucy W. Meng’anyi, Lilian A. Omondi and Margaret N. Muiva

    Citation: BMC Nursing 2017 16:41

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  27. Content type: Research article

    Quality of life in persons with dementia is, in large part, dependent on the quality of care they receive. Investigating both subjective and objective aspects of quality of care may reveal areas for improvemen...

    Authors: Christina Bökberg, Gerd Ahlström and Staffan Karlsson

    Citation: BMC Nursing 2017 16:39

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  28. Content type: Research article

    Caregiving by family members of elderly with chronic conditions is currently intensifying in the context of an aging population and health care reform in the Netherlands. It is essential that nurses have atten...

    Authors: E. I. Hagedoorn, W. Paans, T. Jaarsma, J. C. Keers, C. van der Schans and M. Louise Luttik

    Citation: BMC Nursing 2017 16:37

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  29. Content type: Research article

    The purpose of this article is to engage clinicians in a dialogue about ideas on how to provide more specific, contextually relevant, practical and culturally tailored diabetes self-management recommendations ...

    Authors: Sandra Benavides-Vaello, Sharon A. Brown and Roxanne Vandermause

    Citation: BMC Nursing 2017 16:36

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  30. Content type: Research article

    Peripheral Intravenous cannula (IV) is the most common vascular access device used to administer medications with the exception of medication or fluid with high or low PH or hyperosmolarity which may cause sev...

    Authors: Eskedar Birhane, Kalayou Kidanu, Mekuria Kassa, Dawit Gerezgiher, Lidia Tsegay, Brhanu Weldu, Genet Kidane and Hadgu Gerensea

    Citation: BMC Nursing 2017 16:33

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  31. Content type: Research article

    Dysphagia is common after stroke and represents a major risk factor for developing aspiration pneumonia. Early detection can reduce the risk of pulmonary complications and death. Despite the fact that evidence...

    Authors: Jorun Sivertsen, Birgitte Graverholt and Birgitte Espehaug

    Citation: BMC Nursing 2017 16:27

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  32. Content type: Research article

    Responding to older people’s distress by acknowledging or encouraging further discussion of emotions is central to supportive, person-centred communication, and may enhance home care outcomes and thereby promo...

    Authors: Linda Hafskjold, Vibeke Sundling, Sandra van Dulmen and Hilde Eide

    Citation: BMC Nursing 2017 16:24

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  33. Content type: Research article

    An increasingly older population, improved diagnostics and treatment increase the number of older cancer survivors, thus more than 60% of those affected by cancer are over the age of 65. Symptom relief and the...

    Authors: Kristin Vassbotn Guldhav, Randi Jepsen, Siri Ytrehus and Ellen Karine Grov

    Citation: BMC Nursing 2017 16:18

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  34. Content type: Research article

    There is a shortage of registered nurses in the European Union (EU), and job dissatisfaction and perceived high work–family conflict have been identified as causes of nursing staff turnover. Reducing work hour...

    Authors: Kristina Gyllensten, Gunnar Andersson and Helena Muller

    Citation: BMC Nursing 2017 16:16

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  35. Content type: Research article

    In the healthcare sector, we often come across the burnout syndrome. It is an occupational syndrome which causes, physical and emotional exhaustion. More information is needed on the dangers of burnout and how...

    Authors: Eleni Lahana, Konstantina Papadopoulou, Olga Roumeliotou, Andreas Tsounis, Pavlos Sarafis and Dimitris Niakas

    Citation: BMC Nursing 2017 16:15

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  36. Content type: Research article

    Antibiotic overuse causes antibiotic resistance, one of the most important threats to human health. Older adults, particularly those in nursing homes, often receive antibiotics when they are not indicated.

    Authors: Christine E. Kistler, Anna Beeber, Sylvia Becker-Dreps, Kimberly Ward, Megan Meade, Brittany Ross and Philip D. Sloane

    Citation: BMC Nursing 2017 16:12

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  37. Content type: Research article

    Older patients in hospital may be unable to maintain hydration by drinking, leading to intravenous fluid replacement, complications and a longer length of stay. We undertook a systematic review to describe cli...

    Authors: Lloyd L. Oates and Christopher I. Price

    Citation: BMC Nursing 2017 16:4

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  38. Content type: Study protocol

    Psychiatric nurses are aware of the importance of the therapeutic relationship in psychiatric units. Nevertheless, a review of the scientific evidence indicates that theoretical knowledge alone is insufficient...

    Authors: Antonio R. Moreno-Poyato, Pilar Delgado-Hito, Raquel Suárez-Pérez, Juan M. Leyva-Moral, Rosa Aceña-Domínguez, Regina Carreras-Salvador, Juan F. Roldán-Merino, Teresa Lluch-Canut and Pilar Montesó-Curto

    Citation: BMC Nursing 2017 16:1

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  39. Content type: Research article

    The role of the school nurse is complex with many possible elements identified by previous research. The aim of this study is to understand perceptions of the role of the school nurse in order to support schoo...

    Authors: Beverley A. Hoekstra, Vicki L. Young, Charlotte V. Eley, Meredith K. D. Hawking and Cliodna A. M. McNulty

    Citation: BMC Nursing 2016 15:73

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  40. Content type: Research article

    Universal exclusive breastfeeding (EBF) for the first 6 months is estimated to reduce infant mortality by 13–15% (9 million) in resource poor countries. Although 97% of women initiate breastfeeding in Tanzania...

    Authors: Lucy E. Chale, Tanis R. Fenton and Neema Kayange

    Citation: BMC Nursing 2016 15:72

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  41. Content type: Research article

    Nutritional care is a basic human right for all people. Nevertheless, undernourishment is known to be a frequent and serious health care problem among elderly hospitalized patients in Western Europe. Nutrition...

    Authors: Kristin Halvorsen, Helene Kjøllesdal Eide, Kjersti Sortland and Kari Almendingen

    Citation: BMC Nursing 2016 15:70

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  42. Content type: Research article

    Pressure ulcer prevention is a critical patient safety indicator for acute care hospitals. An innovative pressure ulcer prevention care bundle targeting patient participation in their care was recently tested ...

    Authors: Shelley Roberts, Elizabeth McInnes, Marianne Wallis, Tracey Bucknall, Merrilyn Banks and Wendy Chaboyer

    Citation: BMC Nursing 2016 15:64

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  43. Content type: Research article

    Professional misconduct in healthcare, a (generally) lasting situation in which patients are at risk or actually harmed, can jeopardise the health and well-being of patients and the quality of teamwork. Two ty...

    Authors: Erica E. M. Maurits, Anke J. E. de Veer, Peter P. Groenewegen and Anneke L. Francke

    Citation: BMC Nursing 2016 15:59

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  44. Content type: Research article

    Nursing is perceived as a strenuous job. Although past research has documented that stress influences nurses’ health in association with quality of life, the relation between stress and caring behaviors remain...

    Authors: Pavlos Sarafis, Eirini Rousaki, Andreas Tsounis, Maria Malliarou, Liana Lahana, Panagiotis Bamidis, Dimitris Niakas and Evridiki Papastavrou

    Citation: BMC Nursing 2016 15:56

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