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Understanding autism in nursing practice

I am a nurse, yet I have been diagnosed with autistic spectrum disorder. Special interests are something that are more well known about with this condition. I have about 200 publications, as this is a...

Supporting people with dementia during the COVID-19 pandemic

‘Dementia is a syndrome – usually of a chronic or progressive nature – in which there is deterioration in cognitive function (ie the ability to process thought) beyond what might be expected from...

Improving physical health in people with severe mental illness

How a person is affected by their mental illness will have an impact on their behaviour, communication and ability to take on board information and advice. Understanding the symptoms will be helpful...

Understanding and supporting children and young people with eating disorders

Eating disorders most often develop between the age of 15 and 35 years. With approximately 0.3–0.5% of the population up to 18 years developing anorexia nervosa, it is nevertheless a relatively rare...

The role of primary care in preventing male suicide

The ONS (2019) report states that there were 6507 suicides in the UK and 352 in Ireland in 2018, and that the UK male suicide rate of 17.2 deaths per 100 000 represents a significant increase from the...

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