Evid Based Nurs 15:28-29 doi:10.1136/ebn.2011.0026
  • Adult nursing
  • Qualitative synthesis

Relationships between patients, informal caregivers and health professionals in care homes

  1. Michael Bauer
  1. Australian Centre for Evidence Based Aged Care, La Trobe University, Bundoora, Australia
  1. Correspondence to Michael Bauer
    Australian Centre for Evidence Based Aged Care, La Trobe University, Melbourne Campus, Bundoora, Victoria 3086, Australia; m.bauer{at}

Commentary on:

Implications for nursing practice

  • Care delivery in the home creates a unique and potentially challenging set of relational issues for the nurse, client and informal carer.

  • The communication skills, values, attitudes and behaviours of the nurse are influential in determining the dynamic of the nurse-client-informal carer relationship in the home.

Implications for nursing research

  • Further research is needed to examine the views of stakeholders on the factors that influence nurse-client-informal carer relationships in the home-care setting.

  • Further research is needed to examine the success of interventions to promote positive relationships among stakeholders in the home-care setting.


Care provision in the home is becoming increasingly common. To date, there is little available research which examines the home as workplace and the impact home care can have on interpersonal relationships …

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