Survey of renal nurses


Opinions on the content and effects of the CARI guidelines: a national survey of renal nurses and comparison with the opinions of nephrologists
Irving MJ, Johnson DW, McDonald S, Walker RG, Frommer MS, Fetherstonhaugh D, Deans P and Craig JC. Nephrology 2010. 15(1): p.48-53.
[PubMed abstract]


A self-administered survey was distributed to all members of the Renal Society of Australasia in 2006. The results were compared with those from a similar survey run in 2002. Of the 173 respondents, over 95% considered the CARI Guidelines to be a good synthesis of the available evidence; 80% indicated that the guidelines had significantly influenced their practice; and 86% considered that the guidelines had improved outcomes for patients. Although nephrologists were generally positive regarding the CARI Guidelines, renal nurses were more positive, especially regarding the effect of the guidelines on practice and the improvement in health outcomes. Australian and New Zealand renal nurses valued the CARI Guidelines highly, used them in practice, and considered that they led to improved patient outcomes. Positive responses towards the guidelines increased between 2002 and 2006.