By Cathy Henshall in The Conversation.
Nursing research is becoming ever more important in UK healthcare due to an increasing ageing population which means that more people are living with long-term conditions and chronic illnesses. Nursing research can help address the healthcare needs of these patients, enhancing their health and well-being as a result.
Healthcare research has traditionally been dominated by doctors, who undertake research to develop new treatments and halt the spread of disease. This has led to huge improvements in public health and disease prevention, as evidenced by our increasing life expectancy.
While for many, living longer brings many positives, for others it can be marred by ill health. Old age brings an onset of multiple chronic illnesses, such as diabetes, heart disease, dementia and cancer. We need a nursing model of care that focuses on providing support for people living with chronic conditions. Nurses are at the forefront of delivering care to these people and play a key role in identifying and improving quality of life for patients.
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