Oxford Handbook of Primary Care and Community Nursing (2nd edition)

Vari Drennan; Claire Goodman
Pub date
Feb 2014
Oxford Handbooks in Nursing
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Fully updated and revised for its second edition, the Oxford Handbook of Primary Care and Community Nursing is the essential guide to caring for patients in primary care and the community. Concise, easy-to-use, and comprehensive, this handbook ensures that the reader has the skills and knowledge required by any nurse working in modern primary and community care which cuts across different speciality and care settings. Chapters range from common adult health problems to vulnerable groups with extra needs, medicine management, and nurse prescribing. The handbook includes information on how health and social care services are organised and funded, from common technical care procedures to complex situations requiring practical, concise guidance. This is the essential guide to all aspects of the nurse's role. For the new edition material on end of life care has been revised and expanded, with more focus on care of dying children. It also includes new clinical topics such as nursing technology, dependent children at home, and frailty. All chapters have been written and reviewed by primary care nurses and other experts directly engaged in current practice and research. Providing an accessible and instant resource for everyday nursing, and a benchmark of good practice, the Oxford Handbook of Primary Care and Community Nursing is a unique and invaluable companion for all health care professionals working in the primary care and community setting.


1. The health of the UK population
2. Nursing in primary care
3. Quality and risk management
4. Approaches to individual health needs assessment
5. Medicine management and nurse prescribing
6. Child health promotion
7. Child and adolescent common health problems
8. Adult health promotion
9. Vulnerable groups with extra needs
10. Care provision
11. Care of people with long-term conditions
12. Common adult health problems
13. First aid and emergencies
14. Useful information

About the author: 

Vari is a Primary Care Nurse and health visitor, joining the academic community after working as a professional development nurse, a senior community health service manager and professional head of community nursing in inner London. During her career she has been actively involved in the development and education of primary care, community nursing and health visiting. Her current clinical activities are in women's health in primary care, while her research activities include projects on primary health care for older people, the development of nursing and health visiting roles in primary care and public health, primary health care for marginalised groups, medication management in primary care, joint working and workforce development issues across health and social care services. She has authored several books and is the current convenor of the UK Primary Care Nursing Research Network.; Claire Goodman has been involved in primary care for over twenty years as a researcher, practitioner and practice educator. She has received various awards for her research work including the Nursing Times 3M award and the Queens Nursing Institute Innovation in Practice Award. Prior to her current post she was joint pathway leader for district nursing within a community specialist nursing degree programme. Throughout her career she has been involved in practice development, nursing education and research that is of direct interest and relevance to nurses working in primary care. She has a national profile as a conference speaker as well as being a key note speaker and collaborator at various international seminars on community nursing research and international collaboratives. She is a reviewer for several academic journals and is on the editorial board of the British Journal of Community Nursing.

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