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A qualitative evaluation of the hot debrief/follow-up initiative: implications of readily identifying positive outcomes in an Australian emergency department


Page, J and Pearson, S and Raghwan, S, A qualitative evaluation of the hot debrief/follow-up initiative: implications of readily identifying positive outcomes in an Australian emergency department, Journal of nursing management, 30, (7) pp. 3589-3598. ISSN 1365-2834 (2022) [Refereed Article]

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2022 The Authors. Journal of Nursing Management published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0) License, ( which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited and is not used for commercial purposes.

DOI: doi:10.1111/jonm.13767


Aim:To gain insight into how emergency department nurses and doctors perceive the experience of being offered the opportunity to request a patient follow-up as part of a structured debrief initiative.

Background:An increased prevalence of burnout and compassion fatigue amongst emergency clinicians is being recognized globally. A wellbeing initiative has been implemented within a large public hospital emergency department to combat these phenomena.

Methods:A qualitative research approach using semi-structured interviews was carried out to explore the participants' views relating to the debrief/follow-up initiative.

Results:A total of 17 face-to-face semi-structured interviews were conducted. This research highlighted a number of common themes including the participants understanding and perception of the follow up initiative, the barriers and enablers of effective implementation, and the perceived benefits of following up on patient outcomes in the emergency setting. This research identified unanimous support for the initiative. No negative implications relating to the initiative were identified.

Conclusion:This study indicates the positive impacts of employing a deliberate and formalized approach to enabling staff to access follow-up information about the patients for whom they provide life-giving care.

Implications for nursing management:Nurse Unit Managers should consider the findings of this research and understand the crucial role that nursing leadership can play in fostering the design and implementation of similar initiatives.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:debrief, emergency department, nurse manager, positive psychology, wellbeing
Research Division:Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
Research Group:Clinical sciences
Research Field:Emergency medicine
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Provision of health and support services
Objective Field:Nursing
UTAS Author:Page, J (Mr James Page)
UTAS Author:Pearson, S (Dr Sue Pearson)
ID Code:153641
Year Published:2022
Deposited By:Medicine
Deposited On:2022-09-29
Last Modified:2023-01-16
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