Year

2017

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy

Department

School of Nursing

Abstract

Background: Medical advances, widespread vaccinations and improved living conditions have increased life expectancy. While globally, we are living longer than ever before, we are not living healthier and the number of persons living with at least one chronic condition is growing at an alarming rate. The increased morbidity attributed to chronic conditions is projected to place considerable pressure on existing primary care workforces and global health economies. This has stimulated interest in lateral strategies capable of alleviating workforce stressors and at the same time, deliver positive consumer outcomes.

The positive outcomes associated with collaboration between health professionals in acute care areas are well reported in terms of reducing health care costs, enhancing job satisfaction and improving health outcomes. Collaboration is less well understood in the rapidly growing primary care sector where privately owned general practices often dominate. Understanding the nature of collaboration between general practitioners and general practice registered nurses may help inform the way that care is delivered in this work environment and highlight the issues so that the roles of clinical team members are optimised.

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