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A qualitative study of patients' experiences of a nurse-led memory clinic


Stirling, C and Campbell, B and Bentley, M and Bucher, H and Morrissey, M, A qualitative study of patients' experiences of a nurse-led memory clinic, Dementia, 15, (1) pp. 22-33. ISSN 1471-3012 (2016) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1177/1471301213512841


Little is known about patients’ decision-making to attend a nurse-led memory clinic (NLMC) or of their experiences in the months following attendance. This paper reports qualitative follow-up data from thirteen participants who attended a nurse-led memory clinic, run by a Nurse Practitioner, and who were interviewed later in their own homes. Participants attended the NLMC seeking ‘benchmarking’ against the broader population or confirmation of diagnosis, with the Nurse Practitioner perceived as having more time to talk. Whilst we anticipated that participants would have changed some behaviours to incorporate ‘ ‘brain health material’, instead we found the focus was on maintaining current capacity and lifestyle with most participants delaying planning and decisions about future lifestyle changes until ‘necessary’. Understanding why people contact a NLMC and how their participation influences future planning can help us better target health care messages with the aim of improving health literacy.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:dementia, nurse led memory clinic, nurse practitioner, patient experience, thematic analysis
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Nursing
Research Field:Nursing not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Provision of health and support services
Objective Field:Nursing
UTAS Author:Stirling, C (Professor Christine Stirling)
UTAS Author:Campbell, B (Dr Briony Campbell)
UTAS Author:Bentley, M (Dr Michael Bentley)
ID Code:87289
Year Published:2016 (online first 2013)
Web of Science® Times Cited:3
Deposited By:Medicine
Deposited On:2013-11-12
Last Modified:2017-10-31

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