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Title: General practitioners' and primary care nurses' care for people with disabilities: quality of communication and awareness of supportive services
Authors: Storms, Hannelore
Marquet, Kristel
Claes, Neree
Issue Date: 2017
Citation: Journal of multidisciplinary healthcare, 2017(10), p. 367-376
Abstract: Background: General practitioners (GPs) and primary-care nurses (PCNs) often feel inexperienced or inadequately educated to address unmet needs of people with disabilities (PDs). In this research, GPs' and PCNs' communication with PDs and health care professionals, as well as their awareness of supportive measures relevant to PDs (sensory disabilities excluded), was examined. Materials and methods: An electronic questionnaire was sent out to 545 GPs and 1,547 PCNs employed in Limburg (Belgium). GPs and PCNs self-reported about both communication with parties involved in care for PDs (scale very good, good, bad, very bad) and their level of awareness of supportive measures relevant for PDs (scale unaware, inadequately aware, adequately aware). Results: Of the questionnaire recipients, 6.6% (36 of 545) of GPs and 37.6% (588 of 1,547) of PCNs participated: 68.8% of 32 GPs and 45.8% of 443 PCNs categorized themselves as communicating well with PDs, and attributed miscommunication to limited intellectual capacities of PDs. GPs and PCNs reported communicating well with other health care professionals. Inadequate awareness was reported for tools to communicate (88.3% of GPs, 89% of PCNs) and benefits for PDs (44.1% of GPs, 66.9% of PCNs). Conclusion: GPs' and PCNs' lacking awareness of communication aids is problematic. Involvement in a multidisciplinary, expert network might bypass inadequate awareness of practical and social support measures.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1942/24878
DOI: 10.2147/JMDH.S140962
ISI #: 000411206600001
ISSN: 1178-2390
Category: A1
Type: Journal Contribution
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