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

Lea, Emma, Andrews, Sharon, Haines, Terry, Nitz, Jennifer, Haralambous, Betty, Moore, Kirsten, Hill, Keith and Robinson, Andrew (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: 1-13. doi:10.1080/10376178.2015.1129911


Author Lea, Emma
Andrews, Sharon
Haines, Terry
Nitz, Jennifer
Haralambous, Betty
Moore, Kirsten
Hill, Keith
Robinson, Andrew
Title Developing networks between residential aged care facilities as a result of engagement in a falls prevention project: an action research study
Journal name Contemporary Nurse   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1037-6178
1839-3535
Publication date 2016-01-27
Year available 2016
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/10376178.2015.1129911
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 52
Issue 2-3
Start page 1
End page 13
Total pages 13
Place of publication Melbourne, VIC, Australia
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2017
Language eng
Formatted 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.
Keyword Accidental falls
Action research
Community networks
Evidence-based practice
Health services research
Nursing
Residential aged care facilities
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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