Foundations of General Practice : A workbook for nurses
Cumulative Patient Complexity - Lesley Batten
This New Zealand-based pilot study examined the feasibility of introducing a complexity tool for use in PHC nursing. This presentation will explore the typology of cumulative complexity developed from a series of qualitative interviews and focus groups with thirty two PHC nurses in a variety of roles. Importantly, complexity reflected multiple patient needs that were related to a combination of diagnoses, socio-economic and cultural determinants of health, and service structures. Early identification of cumulative complexity holds promise for improving care planning, patient outcomes and staff satisfaction.