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Current nursing and midwifery contribution to leading digital health policy and practice: An integrative review

Janes, Gillian; Chesterton, Lorna; Heaslip, Vanessa; Reid, Joanne; Lüdemann, Bente; Gentil, João; Oxholm, Rolf-André; Clayton, Hamilton; Phillips, Natasha; Shannon, Michael

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Authors

Gillian Janes

Lorna Chesterton

Joanne Reid

Bente Lüdemann

João Gentil

Rolf-André Oxholm

Hamilton Clayton

Natasha Phillips

Michael Shannon



Abstract

Aim: To review the current nursing and midwifery contribution to leading digital health (DH) policy and practice and what facilitates and/or challenges this. Design: Integrative literature review. Methods: Pre-defined inclusion criteria were used. Study selection and quality assessment using the appropriate critical appraisal tools were undertaken by two authors , followed by narrative synthesis. Data Sources: Six databases and hand searching for papers published from 2012 to February 2024. Findings: Four themes were identified from 24 included papers. These are discussed according to the World Health Organization's Global Strategic Directions for Nursing and Midwifery and indicate nurses/midwives are leading DH policy and practice, but this is not widespread or systematically enabled. Conclusion: Nurses and midwives are ideally placed to help improve health outcomes through digital healthcare transformation, but their policy leadership potential is underused. Implications for the profession and/or patient care: Nurses/midwives' DH leadership must be optimized to realize maximum benefit from digital transformation. A robust infrastructure enabling nursing/midwifery DH policy leadership is urgently needed. Impact: This study addresses the lack of nursing/midwifery voice in international DH policy leadership. It offers nurses/midwives and health policymakers internationally opportunity to: drive better understanding of nursing/midwifery leadership in a DH policy context; enhance population outcomes by optimizing their contribution; Develop a robust infrastructure to enable this.

Citation

Janes, G., Chesterton, L., Heaslip, V., Reid, J., Lüdemann, B., Gentil, J., …Shannon, M. (in press). Current nursing and midwifery contribution to leading digital health policy and practice: An integrative review. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 1-24. https://doi.org/10.1111/jan.16265

Journal Article Type Review
Acceptance Date Jun 6, 2024
Online Publication Date Jul 1, 2024
Deposit Date Jul 1, 2024
Publicly Available Date Jul 3, 2024
Journal Journal of Advanced Nursing
Print ISSN 0309-2402
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Pages 1-24
DOI https://doi.org/10.1111/jan.16265
Keywords digital health, health policy, health workforce, leadership, nurses, midwives, integrative review

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