The Chronic Liver Disease Nurse role in Australia: describing 10 years of a new role in cirrhosis management.

Rachel Wundke, Rosemary McCormick, Sumudu K. Narayana, Lea Sorensen, Alan Wigg

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Abstract

Cirrhosis of the liver is increasing, with growing patient numbers in hospital outpatient departments, as well as increasing admissions due to decompensated liver disease. Decompensated cirrhosis of the liver is a common and debilitating illness causing disability, readmissions to hospital, and decreased quality of life, and can lead to liver cancer. The advent of the chronic liver disease nurse (CLDN) position in our hospital in 2009 was the first role in Australia dedicated to providing care to patients with cirrhosis. The role incorporates the care of patients with stable compensated disease, case management of patients with complications of decompensated disease, and hepatocellular carcinoma coordination. After a pilot randomized controlled trial and almost 10 years of service, this article describes the role of the CLDN and presents key performance indicators that will assist other centers considering introducing the role or elements of it into their service.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)E9-E15
Number of pages7
JournalGastroenterology Nursing
Volume43
Issue number1
Early online date15 Oct 2019
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2020
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Chronic Liver Disease
  • Nurse
  • Nursing
  • Cirrhosis Management

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