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A nurse practitioner service for nursing and residential care homes

Beecham, Jennifer and Jerram, S. and While, A. (2002) A nurse practitioner service for nursing and residential care homes. In: Netten, Ann and Curtis, Lesley A., eds. Unit Costs of Health and Social Care 2002. PSSRU, University of Kent at Canterbury, pp. 17-19. ISBN 1-902671-33-3. (KAR id:26429)


An economic component was added retrospectively to an evaluation that sought to discover

whether the provision of a Nurse Practitioner service would improve the health of nursing and

residential home residents (Jerram, 2001). The residents of 28 homes on the south coast were

recruited; 191 residents in 14 study homes and 154 residents in control group homes who would

continue to receive routine care. The combined study also aimed to examine whether the nurse

practitioner service would improve residents’ access to health care and reduce GPs workload, and

to estimate the relative cost implications.

An important part of the research was to estimate unit costs for the Nurse Practitioner (NP). NPs

have advanced skills in assessment and clinical decision-making and work with many client

groups and in different service contexts (Horrocks et al., 2002). It was important therefore that a

unit cost was estimated for this study that reflected the resources and working patterns put in place

to support this client group. This short article outlines the service-specific estimation work

following the four-stage methodology summarised in Netten and Beecham (1999).

Item Type: Book section
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research > Personal Social Services Research Unit
Depositing User: R. Bass
Date Deposited: 20 May 2011 14:25 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2021 10:04 UTC
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