Pediculosis is a population-based problem that is a priority concern for many communities. Public health nurses in a county health department collaborated with epidemiologists, nursing students, and faculty to design and implement an effective population-based pediculosis management project. The focus of the project was the development of pediculosis treatment and prevention guidelines based on recognized best practices that were acceptable to both epidemiologists and practicing public health nurses. Public health nurses disseminated these guidelines to community providers and reinforced their use through consultation and educational sessions. Two critical changes occurred as a result of the project. First, community providers significantly changed their recommendations for the treatment of pediculosis after nursing intervention. Second, public health nurses increased their population-based practice skills, continued to use those skills to address pediculosis, and extended those skills to additional population-based initiatives.
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- Systems-focused interventions
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