Sykes, P and Norris, I and Cook, M and Woods, A and Boughton, R and Chilcott, K and Walsh, K, Mealtime assistance... from chaos to calm: A collaborative best practice implementation project, Journal of Nursing Care Quality pp. 1-6. ISSN 1057-3631 (2018) [Refereed Article]
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Background: Providing appropriate and timely mealtime assistance to hospitalized patients should be part of a multifaceted and multidisciplinary approach to optimizing a patientís nutritional care plan.
Problem: There was anecdotal evidence at the study hospital that patients did not receive adequate and/or timely assistance at mealtimes.
Approach: A best practice implementation project, using a proven strategy of audit, feedback, and reaudit, was used to effect practice change on an acute general medical ward.
Outcomes: The combined interventions of staff engagement, redesigning the model of care to reprioritize activities at mealtimes, clarifying nutritional care roles and responsibilities, introducing a protected mealtime and a novel 2-tiered colored tray system, and implementing an awareness and education program have resulted in significant improvements in mealtime assistance.
Conclusions: Success of the project is considered to be replicable and sustainable hospitalwide and more broadly.
|Item Type:||Refereed Article|
|Keywords:||audit and feedback, best practice implementation project, Joanna Briggs Institute Model for Evidence-Based Health Care, mealtime assistance, nursing, nutritional care plan|
|Research Division:||Medical and Health Sciences|
|Research Field:||Clinical Nursing: Secondary (Acute Care)|
|Objective Group:||Health and Support Services|
|UTAS Author:||Walsh, K (Professor Kenneth Walsh)|
|Web of Science® Times Cited:||1|
|Deposited By:||Health Sciences|
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