EMBC Parish Nursing Survey Analysis of responses to questionnaire
- The survey attracted a total of 212 responses, with 38% of the respondents male and 62% female.
- When talking in general about services, the respondents selected stress management, healthy eating and exercise, though when talking about what they would like there was less interest in diet/exercise.
- There was a level of interest in disease management though some further investigation into the actual demand is indicated.
There were a total of 212 responses, most of whom provided information on their age and sex. 38% of the respondents were male and 62% female.
|age range||male %||female %||all %||East Kilbride population %|
|5 – 15||3||3||3||15|
|16 – 29||17||15||16||16|
|30 – 44||30||25||27||25|
|45 – 59||35||32||33||18|
|60 – 74||13||22||19||14|
The respondents were somewhat older than the average for East Kilbride, although the oldest group (75+) were under represented.
The Questionnaire asked about a number of potential Parish Nursing Programme topics. Excluding disease management (see below), the top 3 areas were stress management, healthy eating and exercise with around 70% of respondents expressing an interest. Topics with a reasonable degree of interest included Men/Women’s health issues (most respondents either ticked both of these areas, or neither), hospice and end-of-life issues, spiritual topics, CPR/First aid, and mental health issues, and smoking, alcohol and drugs.
Relationships, domestic violence, parenting and sexual health had a less than 40% response.
The areas with the lowest response (less than 30%) were dental health and safety in the home.
|smoking, alcohol, drugs||119||56|
|mental health issues||116||55|
|hospice, end-of-life issues||101||48|
|women’s health issues||97||46|
|men’s health issues||90||42|
|safety in the home||64||30|
Number of responses per topic (from 212 responses total)
Overall there was a reasonable degree of interest in disease management, In specific areas, 45% of respondents would like to see Diabetes management as a service that they would like to see. A smaller number of respondents expressed an interest in heart disease and stroke recovery. Other areas mentioned were Asthma, Autism, Bowel problems, Cancer, Crones and IBS, COPD, Dementia, Epilepsy, Mental health, anxiety, depression, MS, Osteoarthritis It is suggested that some further evaluation of the number of potential service users would be required in this area.
Most respondents (almost 90%) responded positively to the need for 1 or more support groups. However it was less clear which support groups should be prioritised. Grief support was selected by most respondents, followed by caregivers support. Following this there was a lower level of interest in Parenting, Exploring Spiritual Issues, weight management and healing services. Divorce, COPD/asthma and exercise had the least responses. There is an anomaly here in that exercise was one of the highest scoring responses in the “Topics” section of the questionnaire. No clear themes for additional support groups emerged – the following groups were mentioned but each by only one respondents.
- mental health, anxiety, depression
- families/caregivers supporting someone with mental health issues
- marriage guidance
- Any chronic health eg pain
- First Aid groups
- health support
- armchair exercises for elderly
Services Parish Nursing Should Provide
The questionnaire asked “In your opinion, the Parish Nurse should:” and listed a number of services that the Parish Nurse should provide. These are presented below ranked by the number of responses.
|Service||No of responses||%age|
|Visit the housebound||134||63%|
|Have a page on the EMBC website||126||59%|
|Visit the hospitalised||116||55%|
|Provide health counselling to individuals||105||49%|
|Provide spiritual support||105||49%|
|Refer to appropriate community/medical services as needed||103||48%|
|Provide educational health information in EMBC e-news and newsletter||84||40%|
|Arrange health screenings at the church||78||37%|
|Make the congregation aware of social/legislative health care issues||77||36%|
|Provide educational materials on an information board||74||35%|
Services People Might Use
The final question related to services that the respondents might use personally and asked simply “I might like …” and listed a range of services that might be provided.
|Statement = I would like…||Number of Responses||%age|
|the Parish Nurse to visit me if I were hospitalised||94||44|
|to talk to the Parish Nurse about general health concerns||91||43|
|the Parish Nurse to be able to assist me in crisis situations||87||41|
|to talk to the Parish Nurse about health concerns of family members||84||40|
|to participate in health screenings at EMBC or The Village Centre||62||29|
|to talk to the Parish Nurse about spiritual health issues||60||28|
|to talk to the Parish Nurse about my diet/healthy eating||60||28|
|the Parish Nurse to be able to represent me in the health care system||49||23|
|to volunteer to help with the Parish Nurse programme||49||23|
|to participate in a Parish Nurse-sponsored exercise programme||44||21|
|to attend health-related Parish Nurse educational programmes||45||21|
|the Parish Nurse to go with me to doctor or hospital appointments||35||16|
30 respondents did not select any of the options under the “I might like…” section and this should be taken into account when looking at the percentages given in this section.