alexa Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip: A Case Study to Illustrate Public Health Nursing practice
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Advanced Practices in Nursing
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Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip: A Case Study to Illustrate Public Health Nursing practice

O’Dwyer P1*, Mulcahy H2, Day MR2, Healy E2, Coleman C2 and Leahy-Warren P2

1Public Health Nursing, Health Service Executive, Public Health Nursing Consultant, St Theresa Upper Pouladuff Road Cork, Ireland

2School of Nursing and Midwifery, Brookfield Health Science Complex, University College Cork, Ireland

*Corresponding Author:
Patricia O’dwyer
Assistant Director of Public Health Nursing
Health Service Executive, Public Health Nursing Consultant
St Theresa Upper Pouladuff Road Cork, Ireland
Tel: 0214314690
E-mail: [email protected]

Received date: November 30, 2016; Accepted date: February 02, 2016; Published date: February 25, 2016

Citation: Mulcahy H, Day MR, Healy E, Coleman C, O’Dwyer P, et al. (2016) Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip: A Case Study to Illustrate Public Health Nursing practice. Adv Practice Nurs 1:106. doi:10.4172/2573-0347.1000106

Copyright: © 2016 O’Dwyer P, et al., This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.



Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip (DDH) captures a range of hip disorders which requires early identification and management and as such is a significant public health and primary care issue. The incidence of late diagnosis is higher in Ireland that other countries. Hip ultrasound is not widely practiced in Ireland. After birth, Public Health Nurses (PHNs) practitioners in Ireland may be the first health professional to be alerted to a missed case of DDH. The aim of this paper is to use a case study to illustrate the complexities of public health nursing practice with parents to screen, intervene and manage DDH. The paper highlights the way in which PHNs fulfil their public health role by implementing interventions, at the level of individuals, communities and systems, to address public health issues, informed by the Public Health intervention Wheel (The Wheel). Implications for education and practice are also discussed.


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