Journal of Nursing Theory and Practice

[Investigation of Diabetes Mellitus screening in Hungarian General Practices]

GALVÁCS Henrietta1,2, BALOGH Zoltán3

SEPTEMBER 30, 2020

Journal of Nursing Theory and Practice - 2020;33(05)

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[To examine the knowledge about diabetes and its screening practices and the role of advanced practice nurses in the prevention, among general practice employees. Our study was carried out via an online questionnaire which was completed by 94 general practitioners and 83 nurses. 20% of nurses did not possess appropriate qualifications. Overall, advanced practice nurses produced the highest results in the study. 55.4% of the practices performed regular diabetes screening, while only 35.5% of the nurses recommended screening examinations to patients. The most frequently cited causes for not performing screenings were the high number of daily patient visits and inadequate infrastructure and personnel resources. According to the opinions of general practitioners, the efficacy of prevention could be improved by increased financing, hiring dietitians, organising lifestyle clubs and limiting the number of daily patient visits. Independent work by advanced practice nurses was supported by the general practitioners. Emphasis on preventative methods should be expanded in the training of nurses with secondary education and these nurses should take on additional responsibilities in screening examinations. Integrate of advanced practice nurses is essential as soon as possible, into development of primary health care. ]

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  1. Semmelweis Egyetem Egészségtudományi Kar, Ápolástan Tanszék, Budapest
  2. Semmelweis Egyetem Doktori Iskola, Budapest
  3. Semmelweis Egyetem Egészségtudományi Kar, Ápolástan Tanszék, Budapest

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