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Helen Courtney-Pratt

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Helen Courtney-Pratt

Senior Lecturer
Wicking Dementia Research & Education Centre

Room 417H , Medical Science 1

+61 3 6226 4289 (phone)

Helen.CourtneyPratt@utas.edu.au

Most of us would feel a mixture of sadness and fear if given a diagnosis of dementia, especially if we anticipate symptoms of impaired reasoning, memory loss and personality change. Dr Helen Courtney-Pratt, however, has gained a different perspective.

‘The more I work directly with people living with dementia, the less I worry personally about getting it,’ Dr Courtney-Pratt said.

‘People with dementia are intelligent and joyous, but I think we often associate the condition with those end-point symptoms that significantly impact on a person.

‘So if I was diagnosed today, I wouldn’t be any different tomorrow. Eventually dementia would limit my life, but until it did, each day would be a chance to be in the moment, enjoy the company of others and feel delight.’

Sadly there is such a stigma around problems with the mind that society’s preconceptions can prevent those living with the impact of dementia from experiencing life to the full.

Dr Courtney-Pratt’s focus is about respecting the individuality of people living with dementia and enabling opportunities for them to make judgements about the support that might work best for them. At the core of her diverse research and teaching is the desire to hear and champion the voice of those living with the condition.

‘I’m still here’

One of Dr Courtney-Pratt’s areas of current research is a project in which she is working with people living with dementia to create conversation cards for the community. Based on the familiar idea of using images and thoughts on postcards as conversation starters, Dr Courtney-Pratt and her collaborators are meeting with people with dementia, taking photographs and capturing the messages that they want the community to know.

An example of how this works is a picture the team took of a group of people living with the impact of dementia as they strolled away from the camera. When Dr Courtney-Pratt showed this photograph to one man, he posed a question: ‘How many people with dementia have you seen today? You probably wouldn’t know.’ Another fellow picked up the same photograph and commented: ‘Yes, I have dementia, but don’t turn your back on me.’

Dr Courtney-Pratt said these types of messages are typical of what people living with dementia want the rest of us to hear.

‘One of the key messages is that I’m still here,’ she said. ‘Dementia doesn’t define you as a person.’

The space to grow at Wicking

A respect for the expertise of individuals has been a thread woven through Dr Courtney-Pratt’s career – from working as a registered nurse in the healthcare sector to exploring support for undergraduate nurses in clinical placement. She currently coordinates a unit in the Bachelor of Dementia Care on the creation of dementia-friendly societies, and is also a collaborator on an awareness project in which carers share their experiences to support others in the same role.

‘So I’ve come into this niche of community engagement within dementia research from the perspective of enabling others to have a say in what happens for them, with them and to them,’ Dr Courtney-Pratt said. ‘It’s about equity and fairness and integrity.

‘Wicking is a special place because it provides the intellectual space to do this sort of research. This scope is all related to the different disciplines within Wicking; while I am one of a number of nurses, Wicking also boasts psychologists, pharmacists, scientists, nutritionists and so on who all work together.

‘This diversity of backgrounds encourages you to think broadly and allows you to invite colleagues into your area of focus, which in my case is community involvement. Connecting students and colleagues with some of the people for whom they want to make a difference has been a small amount of the work I do, but one that I think is important.’

Dr Helen Courtney-Pratt is a Senior Lecturer and Researcher at the Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre. Helen has a key interest in the area of dementia friendly communities and is a unit coordinator in the Bachelor of Dementia Care. The work includes working directly with people who are living with the impact of dementia, together with Tasmanian communities who are interested in the area and moving toward inclusion that respects the rights and citizenship of all. Helen is also a co-investigator on related projects that include dementia literacy and care delivered to people residing in aged care settings.

Biography

Helen Courtney-Pratt is a Registered Nurse who has held a range of positions in the health care sector and in Universities. Helen continues to work within aged care as a Registered Nurse. During completion of PhD studies Helen worked at the Royal Hobart Hospital as a clinical nurse educator in research, mentoring other nurses to undertake clinical research, whilst engaged in research focused on older peoples experience in acute care. As a researcher with an active interest in participatory research methods Helen also has a strong engagement with practice development and evidence-based practice. Following completion of doctoral studies, and prior to commencing at the Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre Helen was a senior lecturer and Director of Clinical Education at the University of Newcastle (Aust) where she was responsible for the clinical education program in collaboration with other academics. On return to the Wicking centre Helens work has continued to focus on engagement of communities, and teaching is also aligned with this aspect of support provided to people living with the impact of dementia.

Career summary

Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Tasmania, Australia. 2010
  • BN (Hons) University of Tasmania, Australia, 2000.
  • BN University of Tasmania 1998

Memberships

Professional practice

  • Royal College of Nursing
  • Practice Development (Tasmania)
  • Australian Association of Gerontology (AAG)

Administrative expertise

During the time working at the University of Newcastle Helen was the Director of Clinical Education, the role included all aspects of clinical placement in the Bachelor of Nursing, together with group management of simulation and clinical learning laboratories. The role included management of a small administrative team, a large clinical teaching team, and close working relationships with other academics teaching into the degree. She has prior experience as project manager and lead investigator on several other projects.

Teaching

Teaching expertise

Helen has coordinated diverse teaching areas over her career.  In nursing this has included practical and research topics, and Perspectives on Ageing. Currently coordinating a third-year unit in the Bachelor of Dementia Care which is titled Dementia Friendly Societies, there is a close alignment with Helens research interests.

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Expertise

  • Creation of Dementia Friendly Communities
  • Embedding evidence-based practice into care delivered to people living with dementia
  • Inclusion of people living with dementia
  • Community Engagement

Research Themes

Helens work is primarily related to the Better Health UTAS research theme, as it is intended to improve health outcomes for people living with the impact of dementia.
Work has included the delivery or workshops to 18 Tasmanian Communities to engage individuals and groups to work toward greater support and inclusion of those living with the impact of dementia. In a related follow up project, working with other lead investigator a cross section of the Tasmanian Community was surveyed and also engaged in focus groups to aid understanding of how education related to dementia could be further delivered to the Tasmanian Public.

Helens work is also aligned with the creativity, culture and society research theme at UTAS. A subsequent project following on from community work has been the creation of postcards by people with dementia to encourage others to have conversations about dementia.  Further projects in community include an exploration of how a supported gardening project has been inclusive of people living with dementia, and supervision of a PHD project that will explore participatory arts programs delivered in community settings.

Fields of Research

  • Aged health care (420301)
  • Nursing (420599)
  • Geriatrics and gerontology (320210)
  • Aged care nursing (420502)
  • Acute care (420501)
  • Medicine, nursing and health curriculum and pedagogy (390110)
  • Primary health care (420319)
  • Respiratory diseases (320103)
  • Health and community services (420305)
  • Health services and systems (420399)
  • Higher education (390303)
  • Urban sociology and community studies (441016)
  • Community and primary care (420503)
  • Population trends and policies (440305)
  • Physiotherapy (420106)
  • Paediatrics (321399)
  • Health promotion (420603)
  • Social geography (440610)
  • Human geography (440699)
  • Health informatics and information systems (420308)
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander public health and wellbeing (450417)
  • Traditional, complementary and integrative medicine (420899)
  • Nursing workforce (420505)
  • Communications engineering (400699)
  • Clinical sciences (320299)
  • Family care (420303)
  • Clinical pharmacy and pharmacy practice (321403)
  • Health geography (440605)
  • Applied sociology, program evaluation and social impact assessment (441001)
  • Performing arts (360499)
  • Mental health services (420313)
  • Residential client care (420320)

Research Objectives

  • Nursing (200307)
  • Health education and promotion (200203)
  • Health related to ageing (200502)
  • Evaluation of health and support services (200299)
  • Clinical health (200199)
  • Neonatal and child health (200506)
  • Other health (209999)
  • Learner and learning (160199)
  • Evaluation of health outcomes (200202)
  • Palliative care (200309)
  • Management, resources and leadership (160204)
  • Teaching and instruction technologies (160304)
  • Social structure and health (200207)
  • Information services (220399)
  • Public services policy advice and analysis (230204)
  • Allied health therapies (excl. mental health services) (200301)
  • Recreation and leisure activities (excl. sport and exercise) (130603)
  • Disability and functional capacity (200403)
  • Mental health services (200305)
  • Provision of health and support services (200399)

Publications

Total publications

55

Journal Article

(31 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2021Bazooband A, Courtney-Pratt H, Doherty K, 'Participatory community-based arts for older people living with dementia in the community: how are they evaluated? A scoping review', Geriatric Care, 7, (1) Article 9470. ISSN 2465-1109 (2021) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.4081/gc.2021.9470 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Bazooband A; Doherty K

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2021Blair W, Kable A, Palazzi K, Courtney-Pratt HM, Doran E, et al., 'Nurses' perspectives of recognising and responding to unsafe practice by their peers: A national cross-sectional survey', Journal of Clinical Nursing, 30, (7-8) pp. 1168-1183. ISSN 0962-1067 (2021) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/jocn.15670 [eCite] [Details]

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2021Eccleston CE, Courtney-Pratt H, McInerney F, Johnstone A, Doherty K, 'Predictors of dementia knowledge in a rural general public sample', Australian Journal of Rural Health Article ePub ahead of print. ISSN 1038-5282 (2021) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/ajr.12777 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Eccleston CE; McInerney F; Doherty K

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2020Doherty K, Courtney-Pratt H, 'Conversations about dementia', Australian Journal of Dementia Care, 9, (2 April/May) pp. 14-17. ISSN 2049-6893 (2020) [Professional, Non Refereed Article]

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Co-authors: Doherty K

2020Mmako NJ, Courtney-Pratt H, Marsh P, 'Green spaces, dementia and a meaningful life in the community: a mixed studies review', Health and Place, 63 Article 102344. ISSN 1353-8292 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.healthplace.2020.102344 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 4Web of Science - 4

Co-authors: Marsh P

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2019Bruce R, Levett-Jones T, Courtney-Pratt H, 'Transfer of learning from university-based simulation experiences to nursing students' future clinical practice: an exploratory study', Clinical Simulation in Nursing, 35 pp. 17-24. ISSN 1876-1399 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.ecns.2019.06.003 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 7Web of Science - 5

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2018Courtney-Pratt H, Mathison K, Doherty K, 'Distilling authentic community-led strategies to support people with dementia to live well', Community Development, 49, (4) pp. 432-449. ISSN 1557-5330 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/15575330.2018.1481443 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 6

Co-authors: Mathison K; Doherty K

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2018Courtney-Pratt H, Pich J, Levett-Jones T, Moxey A, ''I was yelled at, intimidated and treated unfairly': nursing students' experiences of being bullied in clinical and academic settings', Journal of Clinical Nursing, 27, (5-6) pp. e903-e912. ISSN 0962-1067 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/jocn.13983 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 17Web of Science - 16

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2018Everson N, Levett-Jones T, Pitt V, Lapkin S, Van Der Riet P, et al., 'Analysis of the empathic concern subscale of the emotional response questionnaire in a study evaluating the impact of a 3D cultural simulation', International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship, 15, (1) Article 20170003. ISSN 2194-5772 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1515/ijnes-2017-0003 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 6

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2018Ford K, Tesch L, Dawborn J, Courtney-Pratt H, 'Art, music, story: The evaluation of a person-centred arts in health programme in an acute care older persons' unit', International Journal of Older People Nursing, 13, (2) Article e12186. ISSN 1748-3735 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/opn.12186 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 6Web of Science - 6

Co-authors: Ford K

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2018Lea E, Marlow A, Altmann E, Courtney-Pratt H, 'Nursing students' preferences for clinical placements in the residential aged care setting', Journal of Clinical Nursing, 27, (1-2) pp. 143-152. ISSN 0962-1067 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/jocn.13859 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 8

Co-authors: Lea E; Marlow A; Altmann E

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2018Marsh P, Courtney-Pratt H, Campbell M, 'The landscape of dementia inclusivity', Health and Place, 52 pp. 174-179. ISSN 1353-8292 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.healthplace.2018.05.013 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 9Web of Science - 10

Co-authors: Marsh P; Campbell M

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2018van der Riet P, Levett-Jones T, Courtney-Pratt H, 'Nursing students' perceptions of a collaborative clinical placement model: a qualitative descriptive study', Nurse education in practice, 30 pp. 42-47. ISSN 1471-5953 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.nepr.2018.02.007 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 9Web of Science - 10

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2016Blair W, Kable A, Courtney-Pratt H, Doran E, 'Mixed method integrative review exploring nurses' recognition and response to unsafe practice', Journal of Advanced Nursing, 72, (3) pp. 488-500. ISSN 0309-2402 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/jan.12855 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 5Web of Science - 3

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2015Cooper J, Courtney-Pratt H, Fitzgerald M, 'Key influences identified by first year undergraduate nursing students as impacting on the quality of clinical placement: A qualitative study', Nurse Education Today, 35, (9) pp. 1004-1008. ISSN 0260-6917 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.nedt.2015.03.009 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 29Web of Science - 24

Co-authors: Cooper J

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2015Courtney-Pratt H, Levett-Jones T, Lapkin S, Pitt V, Gilligan C, et al., 'Development and psychometric testing of the satisfaction with Cultural Simulation Experience Scale', Nurse Education in Practice, 15, (6) pp. 530-536. ISSN 1471-5953 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.nepr.2015.07.009 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 13Web of Science - 13

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2015Everson N, Levett-Jones T, Lapkin S, van der Riet P, Rossiter R, et al., 'Measuring the impact of a 3D simulation experience on nursing students' cultural empathy using a modified version of the Kiersma-Chen Empathy Scale', Journal of Clinical Nursing, 24, (19-20) pp. 2849-2858. ISSN 0962-1067 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/jocn.12893 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 31Web of Science - 29

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2015Levett-Jones T, Pitt V, Courtney-Pratt H, Harbrow G, Rossiter R, 'What are the primary concerns of nursing students as they prepare for and contemplate their first clinical placement experience?', Nurse Education in Practice, 15, (4) pp. 304-309. ISSN 1471-5953 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.nepr.2015.03.012 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 58Web of Science - 53

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2014Courtney-Pratt H, Fitzgerald MA, Ford K, Johnson C, Wills K, 'Development and reliability testing of the quality clinical placement evaluation tool', Journal of Clinical Nursing, 23, (3-4) pp. 504-514. ISSN 1365-2702 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/jocn.12158 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 16Web of Science - 16

Co-authors: Fitzgerald MA; Ford K; Johnson C; Wills K

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2014Ford K, Courtney-Pratt H, Tesch L, Johnson C, 'More than just clowns - Clown Doctor rounds and their impact for children, families and staff', Journal of Child Health Care, 18, (3) pp. 286-296. ISSN 1367-4935 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1177/1367493513490447 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 20Web of Science - 21

Co-authors: Ford K

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2013Ford K, Courtney-Pratt H, FitzGerald M, 'The development and evaluation of a preceptorship program using a practice development approach', Australian Journal of Advanced Nursing, 30, (3) pp. 5-13. ISSN 1447-4328 (2013) [Professional, Refereed Article]

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Citations: Scopus - 11

Co-authors: Ford K

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2012Courtney-Pratt H, Cummings E, Turner P, Cameron-Tucker H, Wood-Baker R, et al., 'Entering a world of uncertainty: community nurses' engagement with information and communication technology', Computers, Informatics, Nursing, 30, (11) pp. 612-619. ISSN 1538-2931 (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1097/NXN.0b013e318266caab [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Web of Science - 9

Co-authors: Cummings E; Turner P; Cameron-Tucker H; Wood-Baker R; Walters EH; Robinson AL

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2012Courtney-Pratt H, Fitzgerald MA, Ford K, Marsden K, Marlow A, 'Quality clinical placements for undergraduate nursing students: a cross-sectional survey of undergraduates and supervising nurses', Journal of Advanced Nursing, 68, (6) pp. 1380-1390. ISSN 1365-2648 (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2648.2011.05851.x [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 85Web of Science - 75

Co-authors: Fitzgerald MA; Ford K; Marsden K; Marlow A

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2012Ford K, Courtney-Pratt HM, Fitzgerald MA, 'Post-discharge experiences of children and their families following children's surgery', Journal of child health care, 16, (4) pp. 320-330. ISSN 1367-4935 (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1177/1367493512448129 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 8Web of Science - 7

Co-authors: Ford K; Fitzgerald MA

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2012Walters JAE, Cameron-Tucker H, Courtney-Pratt H, Nelson MR, Robinson AL, et al., 'Supporting health behaviour change in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease with telephone health-mentoring: insights from a qualitative study', BMC Family Practice, 13 Article 55. ISSN 1471-2296 (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1186/1471-2296-13-55 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 29Web of Science - 26

Co-authors: Walters JAE; Cameron-Tucker H; Nelson MR; Robinson AL; Scott J; Turner P; Walters EH; Wood-Baker R

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2012Walters JAE, Courtney-Pratt H, Cameron-Tucker H, Nelson M, Robinson A, et al., 'Engaging general practice nurses in chronic disease self-management support in Australia: insights from a controlled trial in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease', Australian Journal of Primary Health, 18, (1) pp. 74-79. ISSN 1448-7527 (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1071/PY10072 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 16Web of Science - 15

Co-authors: Walters JAE; Cameron-Tucker H; Nelson M; Robinson A; Scott J; Turner P; Walters EH; Wood-Baker R

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2010Cummings EA, Robinson AL, Courtney-Pratt HM, Cameron-Tucker HL, Wood-Baker R, et al., 'Pathways home: Comparing voluntary IT and non-IT users participating in a mentored self-management project', Studies in Health Technology and Informatics, 160, (Part 1) pp. 23-27. ISSN 0926-9630 (2010) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.3233/978-1-60750-588-4-23 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 5Web of Science - 5

Co-authors: Cummings EA; Robinson AL; Cameron-Tucker HL; Wood-Baker R; Walters EH; Turner P

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2008Robinson AL, Courtney-Pratt HM, Lea EJ, Cameron-Tucker HL, Turner P, et al., 'Transforming clinical practice amongst community nurses: mentoring for COPD patient self-management', Journal of Clinical Nursing, 17, (11c) pp. 369-378. ISSN 0962-1067 (2008) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2702.2008.02279.x [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 25Web of Science - 23

Co-authors: Robinson AL; Lea EJ; Cameron-Tucker HL; Turner P; Cummings EA; Wood-Baker R; Walters EH

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2006Courtney-Pratt HM, Cummings EA, Reid DW, Robinson A, Turner P, et al., 'Building capacity of community nurses to act as mentors for older persons with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)', Australasian Journal on Ageing, 25, (supp 1) pp. A13-14. ISSN 1440-6381 (2006) [Non Refereed Article]

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Co-authors: Cummings EA; Reid DW; Robinson A; Turner P; Walters EH; Wood-Baker R

2006Cummings EA, Courtney-Pratt HM, Reid DW, Robinson A, Turner P, et al., 'Issues and experiences with technology supported development of patient self-efficacy and self-managed of chronic disease', Australasian Journal on Ageing, 25, (supp 1) pp. A14-15. ISSN 1440-6381 (2006) [Non Refereed Article]

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Co-authors: Cummings EA; Reid DW; Robinson A; Turner P; Walters EH; Wood-Baker R

2005Jessup M, Courtney-Pratt HM, Robinson A, Cameron-Tucker HL, Walters EH, et al., 'Cementing Pathways Home: Enhancing Quality of Life for People with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease', Australasian Journal on Ageing, 24, (November 2005) pp. A12. ISSN 1440-6381 (2005) [Professional, Non Refereed Article]

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Co-authors: Jessup M; Robinson A; Cameron-Tucker HL; Walters EH; Wood-Baker R; Reid DW; Turner P; Lea EJ; Cummings EA

Chapter in Book

(2 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2019Levett-Jones T, Courtney-Pratt HM, Govind N, 'Implementation and Evaluation of the Post-Practicum Oral Clinical Reasoning Exam', Augmenting Health and Social Care Students' Clinical Learning Experiences: Outcomes and Processes, Springer International Publishing, S Billett, J Newton, G Rogers and C Noble (ed), Switzerland, pp. 57-72. ISBN 978-3-030-05559-2 (2019) [Research Book Chapter]

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-05560-8_3 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2

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2015Courtney-Pratt HM, 'Documenting and Reporting', Fundamentals of Nursing, Pearson Australia, A Berman, S Sneider & T. Levett-Jones (ed), Australia, pp. 283-304. ISBN 9781486010394 (2015) [Revised Book Chapter]

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Conference Publication

(16 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2019Lucas P, Harris W, Lawler K, Eccleston C, Campbell B, et al., 'Understanding interactions between paramedics and community dwelling people with dementia', Paramedics Australasia International Conference 2019, 29-30 August 2019, Melbourne, Australia (2019) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Lucas P; Harris W; Lawler K; Eccleston C; Campbell B; Tierney L

2018Courtney-Pratt H, McInerney F, Eccleston C, Doherty K, Johnstone A, 'Enhancing Dementia Knowledge: community insights related to the role of experience informing understanding', 4 - 5 June 2018, Sydney (2018) [Conference Edited]

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Co-authors: McInerney F; Eccleston C; Doherty K; Johnstone A

2018Courtney-Pratt HM, Marsh P, 'Community Gardens and the Landscape of dementia inclusivity', 4-5 June 2018, Sydney (2018) [Conference Edited]

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Co-authors: Marsh P

2018Marsh P, Courtney-Pratt HM, Campbell M, 'The Landscape of Dementia Inclusivity: People, places and community garden spaces', Australian Therapeutic Landscapes Conference 2018, 26 October 2018, Bilinga, Australia (2018) [Plenary Presentation]

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Co-authors: Marsh P; Campbell M

2017Courtney-Pratt HM, 'Key note speaker: Creating Resilience', 2nd National Forum: Age Friendly Cities Australia, 3-4 October 2017, Bellerive, Tasmania (2017) [Keynote Presentation]

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2017Doherty K, Courtney-Pratt H, Becker S, Eccleston C, 'Building a community strengths: facilitating dementia', 17-20 October 2017, Melbourne (2017) [Conference Edited]

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Co-authors: Doherty K; Becker S; Eccleston C

2017Lea E, Marlow A, Altmann E, Courtney-Pratt HM, 'Nursing students' preferences for clinical placements in residential aged care facilities', IAGG 2017, 23- 27 July 2017, San Francisco, California, USA (2017) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Lea E; Marlow A; Altmann E

2017McInerney F, Robinson A, Toye C, Courtney-Pratt H, Stratton BM, et al., 'Entering aged care for those living with dementia: Families' experiences', 8-10 November 2017, Perth (2017) [Conference Edited]

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Co-authors: McInerney F; Robinson A; Stratton BM; Doherty KV

2016Courtney-Pratt HM, Doherty KV, Mathison K, 'Identifying dementia friendly community strengths through authentic engagement', 49th AAG Conference, 2-4 November 2016, Canberra (2016) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Doherty KV; Mathison K

2014Elliott Kate-Ellen, Courtney-Pratt HM, See C, Stronach MM, Horner B, et al., 'Are passionate clinical leaders enough for excellence in Teaching Aged Care Facilities?', Australian Association of Gerontology 47th National Conference, 26 - 28 November, 2014, Adelaide, Australia (2014) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Elliott Kate-Ellen; See C; Stronach MM; Horner B; Robinson AL

2012Courtney-Pratt HM, Fitzgerald MA, Ford K, Robinson AL, 'People with Dementia in Hospital: A case study', Medimond s.r.l., 7-10 March 2012, London, UK, pp. 11-15. (2012) [Conference Edited]

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Co-authors: Fitzgerald MA; Ford K; Robinson AL

2012Courtney-Pratt HM, Fitzgerald MA, Robinson AL, Nethery I, 'Care of older persons in the Emergency Department', NEW FRONTIERS Reaching great heights, 10-12 October 2012, Hobart, Tasmania, pp. 25. (2012) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Fitzgerald MA; Robinson AL

2012Ford K, Tesch L, Courtney-Pratt HM, 'On the Journey: encounters with clown doctors and impacts for children, families and staff', On the Journey: encounters with clown doctors and impacts for children, families and staff, 22-24 October 2012, Sydney, Australia, pp. 10. (2012) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Ford K

2011Walters JAE, Cameron-Tucker HL, Courtney-Pratt HM, Wood-Baker R, Robinson AL, et al., 'Telephone delivered health mentoring for people with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) in Tasmania is feasible and effective in supporting adoption of positive health behaviour changes', Primary Health Care Research Conference, Brisbane, Australia, pp. 94. (2011) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Walters JAE; Cameron-Tucker HL; Wood-Baker R; Robinson AL; Scott J; Turner P; Nelson MR; Walters EH

2011Walters JAE, Cameron-Tucker HL, Courtney-Pratt HM, Wood-Baker R, Robinson AL, et al., 'Telephone delivered health mentoring for people with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary disease (COPD) in Tasmania is feasible and effective in supporting adoption of positive health behaviour changes', Primary Health Care Research & Information Service proceedings, 13-15 July 2011, Brisbane (2011) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Walters JAE; Cameron-Tucker HL; Wood-Baker R; Robinson AL; Scott JL; Turner P; Nelson MR; Walters EH

2005Jessup M, Courtney-Pratt HM, Robinson A, Cameron-Tucker HL, Walters EH, et al., 'Cementing Pathways Home: Enhancing Quality of Life for People with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease', Exploring the Meaning of Ageing - through Research, Policy and Practice, 2005, Gold Coast, Queensland, pp. 59-66. ISBN 0-9758310-0-3 (2005) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Co-authors: Jessup M; Robinson A; Cameron-Tucker HL; Walters EH; Wood-Baker R; Reid DW; Turner P; Lea EJ; Cummings EA

Other Public Output

(6 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2017Courtney-Pratt HM, 'Dr Helen Courtney-Pratt from the Wicking Dementia Research & Education Centre', Fairsy's Big Breakfast LAFM (2017) [Media Interview]

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2011Fitzgerald MA, Courtney-Pratt HM, Ford K, Johnson Caddi, 'Quality clinical placement evaluations: Undergraduate placements in acute care settings (Mersey Community Hospital 2010)', Quality clinical placement evaluations: Undergraduate placements in acute care settings (Mersey Community Hospital 2010), School of Nursing & Midwifery, Hobart, 1, 1, pp. 1-23. (2011) [Government or Industry Research]

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Co-authors: Fitzgerald MA; Ford K; Johnson Caddi

2011Fitzgerald MA, Courtney-Pratt HM, Ford K, Johnson Caddi, 'Quality clinical placement evaluations: Undergraduate placements in acute care settings (Royal Hobart Hospital 2010)', Quality clinical placement evaluations: Undergraduate placements in acute care settings (Royal Hobart Hospital 2010), School of Nursing & Midwifery, Hobart, 1, 1, pp. 1-27. (2011) [Government or Industry Research]

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Co-authors: Fitzgerald MA; Ford K; Johnson Caddi

2011Fitzgerald MA, Courtney-Pratt HM, Ford K, Johnson Caddi, 'Quality clinical placement evaluations: Undergraduate placements in acute care settings (North-West Regional Hospital 2010)', Quality clinical placement evaluations: Undergraduate placements in acute care settings (North-West Regional Hospital 2010), School of Nursing & Midwifery, Hobart, 1, 1, pp. 1-24. (2011) [Government or Industry Research]

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Co-authors: Fitzgerald MA; Ford K; Johnson Caddi

2011Fitzgerald MA, Courtney-Pratt HM, Ford K, Johnson Caddi, 'Quality clinical placement evaluations: Undergraduate placements in acute care settings (Launceston General Hospital 2010)', Quality clinical placement evaluations: Undergraduate placements in acute care settings (Launceston General Hospital 2010), School of Nursing & Midwifery, Hobart, 1, 1, pp. 1-23. (2011) [Government or Industry Research]

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Co-authors: Fitzgerald MA; Ford K; Johnson Caddi

2011Ford K, Courtney-Pratt HM, Fitzgerald MA, 'Post-discharge follow up for children and families after surgery. A short report', Post-discharge follow up for children adn families after surgery. A short report, Southern Tasmanian Area Health Service, Hobart, 1, 1, pp. 1-4. (2011) [Government or Industry Research]

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Co-authors: Ford K; Fitzgerald MA

Grants & Funding

Funding Summary

Number of grants

15

Total funding

$2,752,168

Projects

Updating the Decision-Making Tools for (i) Supporting a Restraint Free Environment in Residential Aged Care; and (ii) Supporting a Restraint Free Environment in Community Aged Care (2020)$99,150
Description
The project objectives are:To evaluate and refresh the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission (ACQSC) Decision-Making tools for RACFs and community aged care (including respite and day care) regarding physical and chemical restraint.To update the resources to align with current legislative requirements, recently released ACQSC resources and contemporary best practice.To produce clear, practical and influential resources regarding restraint for the target audience, namely providers of aged care, nursing and care staff, consumers and their representatives and health professionals.To form an advisory group with whom to consult and seek feedback, namely providers of aged care, consumers and their representatives, doctors, nurses and pharmacists, and legal experts and advocacy groups.
Funding
Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission ($99,150)
Scheme
Grant
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Breen JL; Goldberg LR; Courtney-Pratt HM; Lawler K; Price AD; Wimmer BC
Year
2020
Understanding the experiences of people with dementia participating in inpatient rehabilitation (2020)$9,776
Description
Dementia is the greatest cause of disability in older Australians. People with dementia admitted to hospital often lose their ability to walk or take care of themselves and require rehabilitation. This qualitative study will explore the experiences of people with dementia participating in rehabilitation, as a foundation for future work.
Funding
Royal Hobart Hospital Research Foundation ($9,776)
Scheme
Grant-Incubator
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Lawler K; Courtney-Pratt HM; Callisaya M; Castle R; de Zoete S; Lewis M
Year
2020
Understanding interactions between paramedics and community-dwelling people with dementia (PARADIgm) (2019)$9,830
Description
A qualitative study with the following aims:To explore experiences of Tasmanian paramedics who provide care in their day-to-day work for people living with dementia. To seek insights and direction from paramedics for development of resources that would enhance their knowledge and understanding of people with dementia.
Funding
University of Tasmania ($9,830)
Scheme
Grant-Research Enhancement Program
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Lawler K; Courtney-Pratt HM; Lucas PV; Eccleston CEA; Campbell B; Harris W
Year
2019
Keeping older adults well at home; determining active components in a community wellness program (2019)$7,585
Description
We are partnering with a not-for-profit community-based organisation (Community Care Northern Beaches (CCNB) Limited) who are providing a wellness (reablement) program to their client base. Pilot data from that organisation indicates that the program is having a positive impact. Through this project we will systematically identify the core components of the wellness reablement program that support individual clients engagement with a personalised wellness plan. We will also develop a comprehensive evaluation framework linking the core program components to client-level outcomes. The outputs of this project will provide data to enable the development of larger scale implementation proposals for future funding applications.
Funding
University of Tasmania ($7,585)
Scheme
Grant- Research Enhancement Program
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
O'Brien JA; McCann DE; Bird ML; Courtney-Pratt HM; Chui K; Andrews SM
Year
2019
Preventative Health Research in Rural and Regional Communities (Tasmania) (2019 - 2021)$2,400,000
Description
An ageing Australia will increasingly impact social, health and economic activity, as exemplified in complex disorders such as dementia. Obesity is also increasing at a rapid rate and is a major antecedent risk factor for a range of chronic illnesses. Both conditions will be a particular challenge for rural and regional communities as they have the highest rates of related risk factors and chronic illness, and also relatively reduced access to specialist medical services and preventative health programs. This proposal focusses on dementia and obesity in north-west Tasmania, developing innovative initiatives to manage and reduce risk of these conditions, which will reduce medical procedures overall including presentations to hospital. The program involves two major projects: the Island Study Linking Ageing and Neurodegenerative Disease (ISLAND) and the Critical Age Periods for Impacting Obesogenic Lifestyles (CAPITOL) study. The ISLAND study will involve a pragmatic clustered randomised controlled on interventions for major potentially modifiable risk factors for dementia, including obesity, physical activity, diabetes, smoking, hypertension, depression and cognitive stimulation/education, most of which are antecedents to chronic illness. The CAPITOL study will facilitate a transdisciplinary professional network to build a community-specific, sustainable approach to supporting children and families in relation to physical health and wellbeing. This project will identify enabling contextual factors which influence engagement in healthy physical play practices; foster buy-in from families (at multiple entry points); improve school readiness (through enhancing outcomes for children (0-8 years) in the AEDC domain of physical health and wellbeing), and generate sustainable communities of practice. North-west Tasmania is an ideal test-bed to develop preventative health strategies that are relevant and scalable to other Australian rural and regional communities.
Funding
Medical Research Future Fund ($2,400,000)
Scheme
Grant - Keeping Australians Out of Hospital
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Vickers JC; Hills AP; Goldberg LR; Byrne N; Farrow M; Hughes RM; Klekociuk SZ; Ahuja KDK; Courtney-Pratt HM; Patterson KAE
Period
2019 - 2021
Conversation Cards (2018)$15,000
Description
We aim to work with people living with dementia to produce conversation cards specifically about dementia with images and words reflective of personal experiences of dementia, supplemented with information, helpline contacts and links to education resources. Typically the cards will include a short statement about an experience of living with dementia, complemented by an image. The card content will be created by people living with the impact of dementia and the image will be chosen by that person. We will pilot the effectiveness of these cards on consumer groups.
Funding
Dementia Australia Research Foundation Ltd ($15,000)
Scheme
Grant-DFC Community Engagement Program
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Doherty KV; Courtney-Pratt HM
Year
2018
Medication management in people with dementia living in the community (2018)$9,289
Description
The number of people with dementia living in their own homes exceeds those living in residential care and expected to increase markedly with the ageing population and recent Australian Government policy initiatives encouraging people to remain supported at home. People with dementia frequently suffer from multiple medical conditions, resulting in increasingly complex medication regimes. The majority also display behavioural and psychological symptoms which are often treated with psychotropic medication, contrary to current professional guidance. Inappropriate medication use is a significant problem in residential care, yet the degree of inappropriate medication use in people with dementia living at home is uncharted. Similarly, we know that the most common complaints about residential aged care relate to medication management; however, little is known about how medication of community-dwelling people with dementia is managed. In this project we aim to: 1. Investigate the appropriateness of medication use in community-based people with dementia and, 2. Develop an increased understanding of the needs and experiences of people with dementia and the nursing, care staff, health practitioners and relatives that provide care for them with regards to medication management. The knowledge gained from this project will inform future initiatives aimed at improving the quality of medication in the increasing number of older Australians with dementia living in their own homes.
Funding
University of Tasmania ($9,289)
Scheme
Grant-Strategic Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Breen JL; Courtney-Pratt HM; Goldberg LR; Wimmer BC
Year
2018
Dementia Cafes: facilitating community conversations about dementia (2017)$8,390
Description
Talking about dementia at a grass roots level can address stigma, demystify the condition, and facilitate inclusion, support and understanding of those living with Dementia. The purpose of this qualitative study is to explore the effectiveness of dementia cafs to stimulate such conversations, based in one local area. Three sessions will be held in local caf locations, and one in a community garden setting, the partnerships to do this are already established. Participants will be invited to attend through existing local networks and local advertising in newspapers, radio and notice boards. It is anticipated, based on experience of prior community events that between 20-30 people will attend each session. Pilot data (postcard feedback from participants, researcher notes, and interviews with contributors) will be thematically analysed to explore what attendees specifically seek in attending, and if the caf setting meets their needs. The analysis will allow further refinement and inclusion of the approach in a toolbox of conversation starters related to development of dementia friendly communities.
Funding
University of Tasmania ($8,390)
Scheme
Grant-CCS Research Theme
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Becker SE; Courtney-Pratt HM; Marsh P; Andersson J
Year
2017
What do they know about dementia? Determining community knowledge about dementia. (2017)$50,000
Description
The aims of the project are to:1. Determine the level of dementia knowledge in a cross section of community groups2. Model the relationship between dementia knowledge and demographic variables to determine key demographic correlates3. Explore findings arising from the survey of dementia knowledge in partnership with communities to identify appropriate educationapproaches.
Funding
Dementia Australia Research Foundation Ltd ($50,000)
Scheme
Grant-Dementia Grants Program
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Eccleston CEA; Courtney-Pratt HM; McInerney F; Doherty KV
Year
2017
DIGnity Supported Community Gardening as a tool for enabling dementia-friendly environments (2017)$8,758
Description
DIGnity is a Participatory Action Research Program that aims to build the therapeutic capacity of three established community gardens and the surrounding community. Since February 2017, health-workers, artists and researchers have worked alongside community members, garden coordinators and volunteers in a shared public gardening space. Some of the participants in DIGnity are living with cognitive impairments, or caring for someone living with dementia. This project explores the experiences of this cohort of the DIGnity community. Using mixed qualitative methods we will ask what they see as the challenges and enablers of being in the public space of the garden and draw on their knowledge and ideas about future needs for ongoing engagement and participation. We will also explore how people with dementia contribute to the wider community through the DIGnity program, particularly the contribution toward dementia friendly public spaces.
Funding
University of Tasmania ($8,758)
Scheme
Creativity, Culture & Society Research Development
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Marsh P; Courtney-Pratt HM; Campbell Marina
Year
2017
Developing Dementia Friendly Community Initiatives in Tasmania (2016)$48,299
Description
The project will engage UTAS and community representatives in workshops for mutual exchange of ideas related to the development of dementia friendly communities in Tasmania.
Funding
Tasmanian Community Fund ($48,299)
Scheme
Grant
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Courtney-Pratt HM; Doherty KV
Year
2016
International Children's Illness and Symptom Study: perspectives of children with chronic illness from the UK, Australia and New Zealand. (2013)$51,345
Description
The study aims to explore:1.childrens understandings of their illness and its associated management (medication and/or medical interventions);2.childrens perceptions of how their lives are shaped (or not) by their illness and its associated management; and3.to what extent, if any, children feel they are involved in health care decisions that affect them.UTAS to contribute to the anlaysis and synthesis of data, analysis of data generated by children, gain ethics, etc.
Funding
Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation ($51,345)
Scheme
Grant
Administered By
University of Central Lancashire
Research Team
Carter Bernie; Bray L; Dickinson Annette; Water T; Ford K; Courtney-Pratt HM
Year
2013
Managing Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Together: Participant-CENTREd Continuum of Care (2011)$22,727
Funding
Royal Hobart Hospital Research Foundation ($22,727)
Scheme
Grant-Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Cameron-Tucker HL; Wood-Baker R; Walters JAE; Walters EH; Courtney-Pratt HM; Robinson AL; Joseph L
Year
2011
Managing Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Together: Participant-CENTREd Continuum of Care (2011)$6,110
Funding
Department of Health and Human Services Tasmania ($6,110)
Scheme
Grant-Clinical Networks Tasmania
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Cameron-Tucker HL; Wood-Baker R; Walters JAE; Walters EH; Courtney-Pratt HM; Joseph L
Year
2011
Best Practice and the Care of Older Persons with Dementia in the Emergency Department: a Critical Ethnography (2010)$5,909
Funding
Royal Hobart Hospital Research Foundation ($5,909)
Scheme
Grant-Starter
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Robinson AL; Fitzgerald MA; Nethery I; Courtney-Pratt HM; Churchill B
Year
2010

Research Supervision

  • Azam Bazooband (University of Tasmania) Community Arts
  • Wendy Blair (University of Newcastle) Nurses perceptions of safe and unsafe practice

Current

4

Completed

2

Current

DegreeTitleCommenced
PhDCommunity-based Arts for People Experiencing Dementia2017
PhDEco-therapeutic Value of Supported Community Garden Activities for People Living with Dementia2018
PhDExamining Health Services and Social Care for the Elderly with Dementia in Bangladesh2019
PhDStaying Connected: A positive approach to addressing loneliness and maintaining social connection in older adulthood2019

Completed

DegreeTitleCompleted
PhDMechanisms and Drivers of Epithelial to Mesenchymal Transition in COPD
Candidate: Patricia Louise Spafford
2018
MastersTranslating Evidence Into Practice: A case study on the prevention of venous thromboembolism using the Joanna Briggs Institute model of evidence-based health care
Candidate: Pamela Kathleen Sykes
2015