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The progress of family health nursing in remote and rural Scotland.

Macduff, Colin


Colin Macduff


Since 2001 the World Health Organization Europe's family health nurse (FHN) role has been developing in remote and rural areas of Scotland. In 2003, an independent evaluation identified a need for facilitation of the FHN role and family-health orientated approaches with local primary health care teams. The Scottish Executive Health Department appointed three part-time, regionally-based family health practice development facilitators (FHPDFs) in December 2003 to work over an 18-month period. This article presents findings from a small study which sought these FHPDFs' judgements on individual FHN autonomy and supportive colleague action at 24 sites where FHNs were practising. These judgements reveal a picture of mixed progress that is consistent with findings from other related research. This collective overview is presented in the form of a new typology and the resultant implications for future development of family health nursing are discussed.


MACDUFF, C. 2005. The progress of family health nursing in remote and rural Scotland. British journal of community nursing [online], 10(12), pages 558-562. Available from:

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Dec 1, 2005
Online Publication Date Dec 1, 2005
Publication Date Dec 1, 2005
Deposit Date Jul 25, 2007
Publicly Available Date Jul 25, 2007
Journal British journal of community nursing
Print ISSN 1462-4753
Electronic ISSN 2052-2215
Publisher Mark Allen Healthcare
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 10
Issue 12
Pages 558-562
Keywords Family health nursing; Research; Practice development; Typology
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