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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. Poisoning is a major health problem worldwide, and it causes significant morbidity and mortality. It is estimated that 350,000 people died worldwide from unintentional poisoning. The purpose of this study is t...

    Authors: Ayele Mamo Abebe, Mesfin Wudu Kassaw and Nathan Estifanos Shewangashaw

    Citation: BMC Nursing 2019 18:60

    Content type: Research article

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  2. Studies suggest a high prevalence of burnout among nurses. The aim of this study was to evaluate the relationship between burnout among nurses and absenteeism and work performance.

    Authors: Liselotte N. Dyrbye, Tait D. Shanafelt, Pamela O. Johnson, Le Ann Johnson, Daniel Satele and Colin P. West

    Citation: BMC Nursing 2019 18:57

    Content type: Research article

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  3. Pain is a common phenomenon among emergency patients which may lead to chronic pain conditions and alteration of physiological function. However, it is widely reported that proper pain assessment and managemen...

    Authors: Desale Tewelde Kahsay and Marianne Pitkäjärvi

    Citation: BMC Nursing 2019 18:56

    Content type: Research article

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  4. Depression is a debilitating mental health condition which affects an estimated 350 million people worldwide annually. Nurses are twice as likely to suffer from depression than professionals in other professio...

    Authors: Clarence Mbanga, Haman Makebe, Divine Tim, Steve Fonkou, Louise Toukam and Tsi Njim

    Citation: BMC Nursing 2019 18:50

    Content type: Research article

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  5. Although most male nurses join the profession for self-actualisation, the cultural and societal stereotyping of male nurses as “He-Man”, “gay” and “troublemakers”, and their marginalisation at the hospital dur...

    Authors: Hayford Isaac Budu, Emmanuel Mawuli Abalo, Victoria Bubunyo Bam, Deus Osei Agyemang, Shirley Noi, Florence A. Budu and Prince Peprah

    Citation: BMC Nursing 2019 18:47

    Content type: Research article

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  6. Poor job conditions and limited resources are reducing job satisfaction and motivation among nurses in low-income countries, which may affect the quality of services and attrition rates. The objective of this ...

    Authors: Firew Ayalew, Sharon Kibwana, Shelemo Shawula, Equlinet Misganaw, Zeine Abosse, Jos van Roosmalen, Jelle Stekelenburg, Young Mi Kim, Mihereteab Teshome and Damtew Wolde Mariam

    Citation: BMC Nursing 2019 18:46

    Content type: Research article

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  7. The present study aims to illuminate the meaning of working in a person-centred way as experienced by staff in nursing homes. Insights into what working in a person-centred way mean for nursing home staff may ...

    Authors: Tove K. Vassbø, Marit Kirkevold, David Edvardsson, Karin Sjögren, Qarin Lood and Ådel Bergland

    Citation: BMC Nursing 2019 18:45

    Content type: Research article

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  8. Depressive symptoms and/or depression are commonly experienced by older people. Both are underdiagnosed, undertreated and regularly overlooked by healthcare professionals. Healthcare facilities for people aged...

    Authors: Gunilla Borglin, Kristina Räthel, Helena Paulsson and Katarina Sjögren Forss

    Citation: BMC Nursing 2019 18:43

    Content type: Research article

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  9. Many dedicated Coronary Care Units (CCUs) in Victoria, Australia, have been decommissioned and replaced with larger combined generic medical/cardiac precincts called hybrid units. Hybrid units are staffed with...

    Authors: Judy Currey, Stephanie K. Sprogis, Liliana Orellana, Anusha Chander, Sharon Meagher, Rhoda Kennedy and Andrea Driscoll

    Citation: BMC Nursing 2019 18:42

    Content type: Research article

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  10. Many patients suffer from unrelieved pain in hospital settings. Nurses have a pivotal role in pain management. Hence, a nurse-based pain management programme may influence how hospitalized patients experience ...

    Authors: Gugsa Nemera Germossa, Ragnhild Hellesø and Ingeborg Strømseng Sjetne

    Citation: BMC Nursing 2019 18:40

    Content type: Research article

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  11. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  12. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  13. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  14. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  15. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  16. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  17. 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

    Content type: Study protocol

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  18. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  19. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  20. 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

    Content type: Study protocol

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  21. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  22. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  23. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  24. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  25. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  26. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  27. 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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  28. 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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  29. 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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  30. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  31. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  32. 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

    Content type: Case report

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  33. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  34. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  35. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  36. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  37. 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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  38. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  39. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  40. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  41. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  42. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  43. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  44. 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

    Content type: Research article

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