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The implementation of an evidence-based practice falls prevention program for long-term care [Journal of Aging and Long-Term Care]
Journal of Aging and Long-Term Care. 2018; 1(2): 75-89 | DOI: 10.5505/jaltc.2018.02886  

The implementation of an evidence-based practice falls prevention program for long-term care

Candice R P Matthews
Department of Staff And Professional Development, Montefiore Nursing Home, Beachwood, Ohio

Falls in older people can cause poor quality of life and even death in residential care facilities which has raised the question if an evidence-based practice falls prevention program would have an impact on the incidence of falls and improvement in quality measures in 8 weeks using a self-efficacy scale. An 8-week pilot study was conducted on a long term care unit in a skilled/long term care facility to determine if the confidence and knowledge levels of nursing staff would improve after evidence-based practice fall prevention education. Data was collected using a self-efficacy scale adopted from the IOWA model. Mean confidence levels were determined pre and post survey based on the 17 item questionnaire of a participant sample of 4. Results suggested that there is a significant statistical correlation between the increase in confidence and knowledge of evidence-based fall prevention and the educational intervention, but no correlation to the decrease in fall rate due to changes in decisions of recommended fall prevention interventions. It is argued that the ability to utilize recommended interventions by nursing staff would have allowed for evidence-based practice interventions to be implemented and would have had an impact on the rate of falls.

Keywords: Falls prevention, evidence-based practice, interventions, pilot project, long-term care, older people


Candice R P Matthews. The implementation of an evidence-based practice falls prevention program for long-term care. Journal of Aging and Long-Term Care. 2018; 1(2): 75-89

Corresponding Author: Candice R P Matthews, United States


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