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Listing of articles in 2011 -> July/August.
Editorial: Medication Safety: An Essential Nursing Role
Elaine Tilka Miller, PhD RN CRRN FAHA FAAN, Editor
 
Data on prescription drug sales in 2010 suggest that Americans’ major health ailments center on high cholesterol, depression, hypertension, pain, cardiac disease, and diabetes (IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics, 2010). In 2010 the United ...

Clinical Consultation: Nonpharmacologic Management of Agitated Behaviors After Traumatic Brain Injury (CE)
Sylvia A. Duraski, MS APN-BC CRRN CBIST
 
A.O. is a 23-year-old male who suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) and third-degree burns to his buttocks after a motor vehicle collision. After the first night on the rehabilitation unit, the nurses asked the medical team for medication to manage...

Aphasia Bill of Rights
John Liechty
 
The author, who has lived with aphasia for more than 30 years, offers a personal perspective on the “Aphasia Bill of Rights,” adopted by the National Aphasia Association Board of Directors. On my first day of work a...

Changes in Functional Independence Measure Ratings Associated with a Safe Patient Handling and Movement Program (CE)
Margaret Arnold, PT CEES • Stephanie Radawiec, DPT MHS PT • Marc Campo, PhD PT OCS • Laurette R. Wright, MPH BSN RN COHN-S
 
Safe patient handling and movement (SPHM) programs are effective in reducing healthcare worker injuries. However, the perception among rehabilitation personnel that SPHM equipment promotes patient dependence and adversely affects func...

Wheelchair Positioning and Breathing in Children with Cerebral Palsy: Study Methods and Lessons Learned (CE)
Lee Barks, PhD ARNP • Peggy Shaw, BSOT OTR/L
 
In children with cerebral palsy (CP), poor trunk control can lead to spinal deformity, pulmonary compromise (Canet, Praud, & Bureau, 1998), and increased health risks and costs of long-term care (Braddock, 2002). Evidence links po...

Spinal Cord Injury/Disorder Teleconsultation Outcome Study
Sadie Young-Hughes, DNP MSN RN • Loretta A. Simbartl, MS
 
The purpose of this study was to compare the costs of providing specialty wound care to spinal cord injury/disorder (SCI/D) veterans by teleconsultation and traditional care. A retrospective design was used to conduct this descriptive...

The Effectiveness of Nurse-Led, Home-Based Pulmonary Rehabilitation in Patients with COPD in Turkey
Ayse Cil Akinci, PhD • Nermin Olgun, PhD
 
The goal of this study was to determine the effectiveness of nurse-led, home-based pulmonary rehabilitation in patients with stage 3 or 4 chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), according to the Global Initiative for COPD (GOLD)...

Cultural Cues: Review of Qualitative Evidence of Patient-Centered Care in Patients with Nonmalignant Chronic Pain
Diane B. Monsivais, PhD CRRN • Joan C. Engebretson, DrPH AHN-BC RN
 
The purpose of this paper was to examine published qualitative studies that explored the beliefs, values, and behaviors of patients with nonmalignant chronic pain during their interactions with the healthcare system. The findings were...