Community health nursing in the People’s Republic of China: Evolution, status, and challenges

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This article examines the evolution, development, and current status of community health nursing in the People's Republic of China. Although its origin in China went back as early as the 1920s, community health nursing in the contemporary American sense was a recent development after the 1980s. Specifically, the article reviews the delivery models and service areas of community health nursing and discusses its current challenges. Based on original government policy documents, first-hand field knowledge, and published literature in both English and Chinese, the article also provides an account of the latest developments and elaborates on the implications of these policies for future community health nursing development in China.


China; Community health nurses; Community health nursing; Public health nursing


Nursing | Nursing Administration | Other Nursing | Public Health and Community Nursing

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