Media Release

Nurse’s osteoporosis dissertation heading for publication

A Team QEH member’s dissertation on osteoporosis was so good that it is going to be published.

Becky Gear, an osteoporosis specialist nurse, has completed a further degree in nursing studies and is to receive an additional award from the University of Derby for the highest-ever mark of 98 per cent.

The modules she completed included mentorship, palliative care, legal and ethics and medicine management. The subject of a double module of her own choice was “medication compliance within osteoporotic women”.

Becky, 32, said: “I quite enjoyed the breadth of subjects that was covered, and the chance to return back to university and further my knowledge. With it being distance learning, it was also a new way to study.

“There was a lot of work for the dissertation so when I handed it in, I was relieved. I would have been quite happy just to get the 40 per cent pass mark. When the person who marked it said they would like to see it published my reaction was one of disbelief.”

The dissertation involved scrutinising processes, critiquing previous studies and exploring causes of non-compliance and non-adherance among patients with medications, along with evaluating ways to improve compliance and what should be done to implement them.

Her hopes for the Queen Elizabeth Hospital are continued improvement in osteoporosis management and the implementation of a fracture liaison service to try and identify patients who have sustained low trauma fractures and reduce the risk of hip fractures in the future.

Becky, who lives in Dereham and is also a volunteer for Guide Dogs, has been at QEH since last September, having previously worked in West Norfolk for Care UK as part of the West Norfolk CCG. She is due to graduate on Friday, July 20.


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