Leading Change with Action Research: Improving Quality of Life in Residential Aged Care

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/303997
Category:
Full-text
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Leading Change with Action Research: Improving Quality of Life in Residential Aged Care
Author(s):
Penney, Wendy; Martin, Louise Ann; Clinnick, Lisa M.
Lead Author STTI Affiliation:
Non-member
Author Details:
Wendy Penney, RN, MN, PhD, wendy.penney@ballarat.edu.au; Louise A. Martin, RN, BA, AD (nursing), MHS; Lisa M. Clinnick, RN, BN, GdDpGrN, MClN, FACN;
Abstract:

Session presented on: Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Purpose:

This research developed collaboratively between a regional university in Victoria, Australia and a local rural health service with the goal of improving quality of life for older people living in three residential aged care homes. 'The aim was to provide health care staff (managers, registered nurses, 'patient care attendants) with an opportunity to participate in facilitated workshops designed to assist them to develop ways to improve quality of life for residents.

Methods:

An action research methodology was adopted as this approach supports group activity founded on a partnership between researcher and participants, all of whom are involved in the change process.' The participatory process is educational and empowering, involving a dynamic approach where problem identification, planning, action and evaluation are interlinked. 'In addition to participating in three workshops, participants consented to be involved in pre and post individual interviews to support the evaluation process. '

Results:

Thirty health professionals participated in this project. 'Data indicates participants had an overwhelming desire to deliver a person centred care approach, which included developing stronger relationships with residents. 'A number of factors were identified in the workshops and interviews as barriers. 'These barriers included perceived time constraints, task orientated care delivery, staff attitudes towards a relationship centred approach and the institutionalised culture of the facilities. 'However, this lead to a wide range of actions to improve quality of life for residents, including challenging task orientated ways of practice.

Conclusion:

We identified ways to change traditional ways of care through involving those responsible for providing care in the process. 'This method can be used to make a difference in a range of health settings due to its participatory, educational and innovative approach.

Keywords:
Action Research; Aged Care; Quality of life
Repository Posting Date:
22-Oct-2013
Date of Publication:
22-Oct-2013 ; 22-Oct-2013
Conference Date:
2013
Conference Name:
24th International Nursing Research Congress
Conference Host:
Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing
Conference Location:
Prague, Czech Republic
Description:
24th International Nursing Research Congress Theme: Bridge the Gap Between Research and Practice Through Collaboration. Held at the Hilton Prague Hotel.

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dc.language.isoen_USen_GB
dc.language.isoenen
dc.type.categoryFull-texten
dc.typePresentationen
dc.titleLeading Change with Action Research: Improving Quality of Life in Residential Aged Careen
dc.contributor.authorPenney, Wendyen
dc.contributor.authorMartin, Louise Annen
dc.contributor.authorClinnick, Lisa M.en
dc.contributor.departmentNon-memberen
dc.author.detailsWendy Penney, RN, MN, PhD, wendy.penney@ballarat.edu.au; Louise A. Martin, RN, BA, AD (nursing), MHS; Lisa M. Clinnick, RN, BN, GdDpGrN, MClN, FACN;en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/303997-
dc.description.abstract<p>Session presented on: Wednesday, July 24, 2013</p><b>Purpose: </b> <p>This research developed collaboratively between a regional university in Victoria, Australia and a local rural health service with the goal of improving quality of life for older people living in three residential aged care homes. 'The aim was to provide health care staff (managers, registered nurses, 'patient care attendants) with an opportunity to participate in facilitated workshops designed to assist them to develop ways to improve quality of life for residents. <p><b>Methods: </b> <p>An action research methodology was adopted as this approach supports group activity founded on a partnership between researcher and participants, all of whom are involved in the change process.' The participatory process is educational and empowering, involving a dynamic approach where problem identification, planning, action and evaluation are interlinked. 'In addition to participating in three workshops, participants consented to be involved in pre and post individual interviews to support the evaluation process. ' <p><b>Results: </b> <p>Thirty health professionals participated in this project. 'Data indicates participants had an overwhelming desire to deliver a person centred care approach, which included developing stronger relationships with residents. 'A number of factors were identified in the workshops and interviews as barriers. 'These barriers included perceived time constraints, task orientated care delivery, staff attitudes towards a relationship centred approach and the institutionalised culture of the facilities. 'However, this lead to a wide range of actions to improve quality of life for residents, including challenging task orientated ways of practice. <p><b>Conclusion: </b> <p>We identified ways to change traditional ways of care through involving those responsible for providing care in the process. 'This method can be used to make a difference in a range of health settings due to its participatory, educational and innovative approach.en
dc.subjectAction Researchen
dc.subjectAged Careen
dc.subjectQuality of lifeen
dc.date.available2013-10-22T20:27:20Z-
dc.date.issued2013-10-22-
dc.date.issued2013-10-22en
dc.date.accessioned2013-10-22T20:27:20Z-
dc.conference.date2013en
dc.conference.name24th International Nursing Research Congressen
dc.conference.hostSigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursingen
dc.conference.locationPrague, Czech Republicen
dc.description24th International Nursing Research Congress Theme: Bridge the Gap Between Research and Practice Through Collaboration. Held at the Hilton Prague Hotel.en
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