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The context of health care 

The context of health care
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The context of health care
Author(s):

Vari Drennan

and Claire Goodman

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199653720.003.0001
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date: 09 April 2020

Nurses and health visitors working in primary and community care services have to understand the context in which they contribute to the health, well-being, and care of their patients and clients. This context is multi-faceted and includes the demographic and epidemiological factors that affect health, the conceptual principles of primary care, public health, and models of care aimed at best addressing the population burdens of chronic diseases. It is also important to understand the organization planning, and resourcing of the health care system in which they provide their services, and the tapestry of other services that contribute to the health, well-being, and care of the population. Unlike the hospital setting, nurses and health visitors will need to draw on this knowledge in every consultation with patient and clients. This chapter on the contexts of health care provides the foundations for nursing and health visiting practices in primary and community health care.

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