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The Nurses' Lives Research Programme: enabling practice through new insights to population health using routine data about nurses

25th February 2016 1pm, Edinburgh room 1/G/8, Ladywell House

Iain Atherton and Richard Kyle, Edinburgh Napier University

Health care professionals have an increasingly important role at a population level. This role requires teaching that encourages and facilitates students to link their individual practice to population health. Making teaching accessible is challenging given what might seem quite abstract ideas in comparison to the immediacy of other interventions. The Nurses' Lives Research Programme at Edinburgh Napier University is endeavouring to make teaching on population health more accessible through research on nurses themselves. Findings are providing new insights into the social determinants of health. These provide a basis for practitioners to reflect on issues that relate not only to their patients, but also to themselves, potentially shattering patient-public divides, and increasing awareness of the complexities of nursing interventions. Two exemplar studies will be presented. One estimating the prevalence of overweight and obese nurses in Scotland, and another analysing evidence for a Glasgow Effect amongst nurses in Scotland. Implications of findings for teaching related to population health and for health care professionals are considered.