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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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 Type:||Refereed Article|
|Keywords:||accidental falls; community networks; evidence-based practice; health services research; nursing; residential aged care facilities; action research|
|Research Division:||Health Sciences|
|Research Field:||Aged care nursing|
|Objective Group:||Provision of health and support services|
|UTAS Author:||Lea, E (Dr Emma Lea)|
|UTAS Author:||Andrews, S (Dr Sharon Andrews)|
|UTAS Author:||Robinson, A (Professor Andrew Robinson)|
|Year Published:||2016 (online first 2015)|
|Deposited By:||Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre|
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