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The Socioeconomic Value of Nursing and Midwifery

Caird, Jenny and Rees, Rebecca and Kavanagh, Josephine and Sutcliffe, Katy and Oliver, Kathryn and Dickson, Kelly and Woodman, Jenny and Barnett-Page, Elaine and Thomas, James (2010) The Socioeconomic Value of Nursing and Midwifery. [Report]

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The review was undertaken to inform the work of the Prime Minister's Commission on the Future of Nursing and Midwifery. The Commission covers England only, and considers midwifery and all branches of nursing, in all settings, services and sectors. Thirty-two systematic reviews were identified. Most related to care provided by nurses and only two reviews looked solely at the role of midwives. Most of the reviews provided findings relevant to role substitution between nurses, midwives and other health professionals (n=22), or to long-term conditions (n=18). Only five reviews included findings on the role of nurses or midwives in mental health. Review activity on nursing and midwifery provision is recent: only four of the reviews were published before the year 2000, and half were published within the last five years. The review found examples of the benefits of nursing and midwifery in primary care through home visiting interventions, specialist nursing and general practice based nursing including prevention and treatment. Hospital at home and in-patient care were also addressed in the included studies. There was evidence of the benefits of nursing and midwifery for a range of outcomes. This was accompanied by no evidence of difference (where statistical tests failed to demonstrate a significant difference between nurse/midwife-delivered interventions and those provided by others) for other outcomes. An important finding of this review was that nursing and midwifery care when compared with other types of care was not shown to produce adverse outcomes. The included reviews rarely provided cost or cost-effectiveness data.

Item Type: Report
Controlled Keywords: Nursing, Midwifery, Governance and policy, Health and wellbeing
Divisions: IOE Departments > Departments > Social Science Research Unit
Depositing User: Atira Pure
Date Deposited: 01 Jun 2013 04:22
Last Modified: 29 Jan 2015 10:26
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