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Developing networks between residential aged care facilities as a result of engagement in a falls prevention project: an action research study

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Lea, E and Andrews, S and Haines, T and Nitz, J and Haralmbous, B and Moore, K and Hill, K and Robinson, A, Developing networks between residential aged care facilities as a result of engagement in a falls prevention project: an action research study, Contemporary Nurse: A Journal for The Australian Nursing Profession, 52, (2-3) pp. 163-175. ISSN 1037-6178 (2016) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2016 Taylor & Francis

DOI: doi:10.1080/10376178.2015.1129911

Abstract

BACKGROUND:Residential aged care facility staff often operate in isolation. Research is lacking on networking between facilities.

AIMS: To explore outcomes associated with network formation between two residential aged care facilities as part of an action research approach to reducing falls.

DESIGN: Action research approach with qualitative data collected.

METHODS:Twelve residential aged care facility staff from two facilities in regional X, Australia, formed a falls prevention action research group. Thematic analysis was undertaken of 22 audio-recorded fortnightly group meetings.

RESULTS: This was the first opportunity for participants to meet colleagues from another facility in a professional context. The formation of an inter-facility network enabled the sharing of ideas and systems related to evidence-based falls prevention activities and other issues and galvanised a collaborative focus for action.

CONCLUSIONS: An action research process can be used to create an inter-facility network. Such networks can decrease staff isolation and facilitate best resident care.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:accidental falls; community networks; evidence-based practice; health services research; nursing; residential aged care facilities; action research
Research Division:Medical and Health Sciences
Research Group:Nursing
Research Field:Aged Care Nursing
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Health and Support Services
Objective Field:Nursing
Author:Lea, E (Dr Emma Lea)
Author:Andrews, S (Dr Sharon Andrews)
Author:Robinson, A (Professor Andrew Robinson)
ID Code:105542
Year Published:2016 (online first 2015)
Deposited By:Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre
Deposited On:2016-01-07
Last Modified:2017-11-02
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