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Developing networks between residential aged care facilities as a result of engagement in a falls prevention project: an action research study

Lea, E; Andrews, S; Haines, T; Nitz, J; Haralambous, B; Moore, K; Hill, K; (2016) Developing networks between residential aged care facilities as a result of engagement in a falls prevention project: an action research study. Contemporary Nurse , 52 (2-3) pp. 163-175. 10.1080/10376178.2015.1129911. Green open access

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Abstract

BACKGROUND: Residential aged care facility (RACF) staff often operate in isolation. Research is lacking on networking between facilities. AIMS: To explore outcomes associated with network formation between two RACFs as part of an action research approach to reducing falls. DESIGN: Action research approach with qualitative data collected. METHODS: Twelve RACF staff from two facilities in regional Tasmania, 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.

Type: Article
Title: Developing networks between residential aged care facilities as a result of engagement in a falls prevention project: an action research study
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/10376178.2015.1129911
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10376178.2015.1129911
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Accidental falls, community networks, evidence-based practice, health services research, nursing, residential aged care facilities, action research, randomized controlled-trial, nursing-homes, older-adults, tai-chi, health, organization, settings, science, quality, state
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Division of Psychiatry
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1531880
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