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Factors influencing community nursing roles and health service provision in rural areas: A review of literature


Barrett, A and Terry, D and Le, Q and Hoang, H, Factors influencing community nursing roles and health service provision in rural areas: A review of literature, Contemporary Nurse, 52, (1) pp. 119-135. ISSN 1037-6178 (2016) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/10376178.2016.1198234


Aims: This review seeks to better understand the issues and challenges experienced by community nurses who work in rural areas where other health care organisations are limited and how these issues and challenges shape their roles.

Methods: Databases were searched to identify relevant studies, published between 1990 and 2015, that focussed on issues and challenges experienced by rural community nurses. Generic and grey literature relating to the subject was also searched. The search was systematically conducted multiple times to assure accuracy.

Results: A total of 14 articles met the inclusion criteria. This critical review identified common issues impacting community nursing and included role definition, organisational change, human resource, workplace and geographic challenges.

Conclusion: Community nurses are flexible, autonomous, able to adapt care to the service delivery setting, and have a diversity of knowledge and skills. Considerably more research is essential to identify factors that impact rural community nursing practice. In addition, greater advocacy is required to develop the role.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:rural population, community health nursing, health services needs and demand, rural health, nurse’s role
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Health and community services
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Specific population health (excl. Indigenous health)
Objective Field:Rural and remote area health
UTAS Author:Le, Q (Dr Quynh Le)
UTAS Author:Hoang, H (Dr Ha Hoang)
ID Code:109657
Year Published:2016
Web of Science® Times Cited:21
Deposited By:UTAS Centre for Rural Health
Deposited On:2016-06-24
Last Modified:2017-11-02
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