Developing a positive patient experience with nurses in general practice: An integrated model of patient satisfaction and enablement

Jane Desborough*, Christine Phillips, Jane Mills, Rosemary Korda, Nasser Bagheri, Michelle Banfield

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    Aim: To develop a conceptual model that provides a comprehensive understanding of the structures and processes underpinning patient enablement and satisfaction in general practice nurse consultations. Background: Current evidence regarding patient satisfaction and enablement arising from general practice nursing care is either quantitative or qualitative. To date, no studies have integrated the results of mixed methods research to provide a deeper understanding of processes that facilitate their achievement. Design: A concurrent mixed methods study. Methods: Our 2013–2014 concurrent mixed methods study comprised a quantitative study that analysed variables identified in interviews with general practice nurses, patients and practice managers with data from a cross-sectional survey of 678 patients receiving nursing care in 21 general practices; and a qualitative study that used a grounded theory approach to in-depth interviews with nurses and patients from these same practices. Using joint displays, we compared and integrated the results of the multilevel analyses and the grounded theory model derived from these studies. Findings: We conceptualized a model—‘developing a positive patient experience with nurses in general practice’—in which time, continuity of care, nursing scope of practice and autonomy, and patients’ health conditions provide platforms for the processes of triggering healthcare partnerships and tailoring care in nurse consultations. Conclusion: This model builds on previous evidence describing processes and characteristics that optimize the quality of care in general practice nurse consultations. It provides a practical tool to inform education and training for general practice nurses and other clinicians.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)564-578
    Number of pages15
    JournalJournal of Advanced Nursing
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - Mar 2018


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