Evidence-based management practice: Reducing falls in hospital

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Title Evidence-based management practice: Reducing falls in hospital
Author McKinley, C.; Fletcher, A.; Biggins, A.; McMurray, Anne Mary; Birtwhistle, S.; Gardiner, L.; Lampshire, S.; Noake, N.; Lockhart, J.
Journal Name Collegian
Year Published 2007
Place of publication Netherlands
Publisher Elsevier BV
Abstract This paper reports on a falls prevention and management program at one regional Western Australian hospital. The report focuses on the processes and outcomes of a quality management initiative to reduce falls in hospital to illustrate the nexus between research and quality improvement in clinical practice. The Falls Prevention program was based on statistical evidence of the level of risk in the hospital and development of an evidence-based multidimensional, multidisciplinary program to reduce the risks of falling and the number of falling events. Evaluative data demonstrate the effectiveness of the program in terms of a substantial reduction in falls. The program illustrates the value of evidence-based practice, particularly in relation to evidence-based management practice. It supports the merits of creating an organisational climate where all clinicians are encouraged to use research data to plan strategies for quality improvement and risk management and, in the process, advance clinical nursing knowledge development.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S1322-7696(08)60551-X
Volume 14
Issue Number 2
Page from 20
Page to 25
ISSN 1322-7696
Date Accessioned 2011-04-28
Language en_AU
Faculty Griffith Health Faculty
Subject Clinical Nursing: Secondary (Acute Care)
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/38966
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1x

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