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Improving pressure ulcer management in Australian nursing homes: results of the PRIME trial organisational study


Ellis, IK and Santamaria, N and Carville, K and Prentice, J and Ellis, T and Lewin, G and Newall, N, Improving pressure ulcer management in Australian nursing homes: results of the PRIME trial organisational study, Primary Intention: The Australian Journal of Wound Management, 14, (3) pp. 106-111. ISSN 1323-2495 (2006) [Refereed Article]

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Summary Pressure ulcer prevalence is frequently cited as a factor used to determine the quality of nursing care and is used as a proxy measure for nursing home quality. This paper reports the results of the organisational study conducted as a subcomponent of the PRIME trial. The PRIME trial was a multi-dimensional clinical trial designed to investigate the effectiveness of an integrated pressure ulcer management system in reducing the pressure ulcer prevalence and incidence in a cohort of Australian nursing homes. A stratified random sample of staff were interviewed from 17 consenting nursing homes (n=120). The interviews used a 10 question, semi-structured questionnaire covering four organisational quality factors and six PRIME trial implementation factors. Responses to questions were ranked on a scale of 1-5, 1 representing no evidence and 5 representing embedded practice. Data were aggregated by nursing home and the mean scores were calculated. Data were correlated with baseline pressure ulcer prevalence and the post PRIME pressure ulcer prevalence. The results of this study show that there was no relationship between baseline pressure ulcer prevalence and the context of care as measured by a range of organisational factors, including staff development planning, equipment and resource management, communication management and effectiveness of staff and resident feedback. The PRIME trial was able to significantly reduce prevalence of pressure ulcers regardless of the context of care. Paired sample t-tests showed a significant difference between the mean baseline prevalence (25.8%) and the mean post PRIME

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Nursing
Research Field:Aged care nursing
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Provision of health and support services
Objective Field:Allied health therapies (excl. mental health services)
UTAS Author:Ellis, IK (Professor Isabelle Skinner)
ID Code:79344
Year Published:2006
Deposited By:Health Sciences B
Deposited On:2012-09-04
Last Modified:2012-10-08
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