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‘Some kindred form of medical social work’
Defining the boundaries of social work, health visiting and public health nursing in Europe, 1918–25
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This chapter explores the various roles of community healthcare workers across France, England and the USA. It examines the influence of the American nurse leaders' campaign for the training of public health nurses and the influence of this campaign internationally in both the areas of nursing education and community care. A variety of trained and untrained personnel, such as health visitors, social workers and public health nurses, were responsible for the provision of community healthcare. Olive Baggallay expressed her appreciation for the organisation of the community or the district nursing care in the USA, noting in particular the efficiency of this care under a nurse who had been trained in bedside and public health nursing. In the USA, as a result of the early formation of training programmes, the availability of trained nurses was more abundant; thus these women were the primary providers of care in the community.

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