Title

A policy change strategy for head lice management

Document Type

Article

Peer Reviewed

1

Publication Date

12-1-2009

Journal, Book or Conference Title

The Journal of school nursing

NLM Title Abbreviation

J Sch Nurs

PubMed ID

19776228

DOI

10.1177/1059840509347316

Abstract

The purpose of this project was to formulate an effective change strategy for head lice management in a group of five separate school districts within one county. Despite a desire to use evidence to support their practice, school nurses often encounter educational system barriers that prevent independent management of health conditions. The use of collaborative community relationships, identification of underlying hierarchy structures in school policy development, and targeted system education were the catalysts for changing beliefs and ultimately policy within these school districts. The focus of this project was to develop a policy change strategy for head lice. The strategy provides direction for successful health policy advocacy using evidence-based practices for other health issues within the education setting.

Keywords

Animals, Evidence-Based Nursing, Health Plan Implementation, Health Policy, Humans, Iowa, Lice Infestations/prevention & control/therapy, Organizational Innovation, Pediculus, Scalp Dermatoses/prevention & control/therapy, School Nursing

Published Article/Book Citation

The definitive version was published in The Journal of school nursing, 25:6 (2009) pp.407-416. DOI:10.1177/1059840509347316.

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URL

http://ir.uiowa.edu/nursing_pubs/954