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Adults with extra needs 

Adults with extra needs
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Adults with extra needs
Author(s):

Vari Drennan

and Claire Goodman

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199653720.003.0009
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date: 16 October 2017

People who live in poverty, who are abused, suffer from mental health issues, or who are on the margins of mainstream society, invariably live with multiple health problems and may die prematurely. Nurses have a key role for these groups. Nurses promote public health, act as advocates, and provide targeted care to addresses the complexity of needs and compensate for the shortcomings in health and social care. Nurses are also the professionals that provide continuity of care and link to specialist health care services. This chapter focuses on particular patient groups that deserve extra attention because personal circumstances or particular health conditions make it more difficult to access good health care.

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