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Caseload profiling in district nursing: a systematic literature review.

Harper-McDonald, Bruce; Baguley, Fiona


Fiona Baguley


This systematic literature review aims to identify and appraise current evidence to establish if caseload profiling (CP) provides a strategy to support district nurses to evidence and manage increasingly complex caseloads. A total of 17 studies where thematically synthesised and recurrent themes were identified and summarised under the headings of: defining caseload profiling; caseload profiling in the context of caseload management; workload analysis and its relationship to caseload profiling; potential impact of caseload profiling; and potential barriers to caseload profiling. The literature review showed CP is a robust method of articulating the complexity of care and practitioners could use it to help manage their own caseloads. However, the literature is mainly founded on expert opinion and further research is needed to strengthen the validity of the evidence.


HARPER-MCDONALD, B. and BAGULEY, F. 2018. Caseload profiling in district nursing: a systematic literature review. British journal of community nursing [online], 23(11), pages 544-549. Available from:

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Sep 1, 2018
Online Publication Date Nov 6, 2018
Publication Date Nov 2, 2018
Deposit Date Nov 27, 2018
Publicly Available Date May 3, 2019
Journal British Journal of Community Nursing
Print ISSN 1462-4753
Electronic ISSN 2052-2215
Publisher Mark Allen Healthcare
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 23
Issue 11
Pages 544-549
Keywords District nursing; Community nursing; Caseload profiling; Caseload management
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