Nursing activities at clinics in rural areas in Japan: Gaps between recognition of importance and implementation

Manami Tateishi, Keisuke Nakanishi, Kimie Takehara, Ikumi Honda, Toyoaki Yamauchi

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This study determined the level of implementation and the importance placed on various nursing activities at clinics in rural areas of Japan in order to explore the achievement and perceived importance of implementing certain nursing roles and activities at such clinics. To identify these items, a questionnaire was administered to 40 nurses working in rural clinics. The results showed that activities related to "Basic Nursing Practice" and "Community Understanding" were recognized as important and were performed by almost all nurses. Some activities related to "Administration and Operation" and "Cooperation with Local Government" were recognized as important, but were not implemented, thereby hampering the continuum of care across the health system. These activities, which are related to collaboration with hospitals and local governments that support the clinics, included adjustment of staff inside and outside the facilities to guarantee the use of paid holidays, as well as collaboration with acute care, remote medical systems, and local governments during emergencies and for disaster preparation. Additional support for nurses in collaboration between clinics in rural areas, hospitals, and regional administrations that support the clinics remains a challenge to be addressed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)251-260
Number of pages10
JournalNagoya journal of medical science
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 01-05-2020
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Medicine


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