Fall-reduction program.

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Read the following case and use the questions that follow to apply what you have learned in this chapter:
A student physical therapist is affiliating in a community hospital. The physical therapy department is taking the leadership role in an interdisciplinary evaluation of the hospital’s fall-reduction program that was established in accordance with the Joint Commission 2009 National Patient Safety Goals.13 Goal 9 is to reduce the risk of patient harm resulting from falls. Elements of performance for this goal include the following:
1. The hospital establishes a fall-reduction program.
2. The fall-reduction program includes an evaluation appropriate to the patient population, settings, and services provided.
3. The fall-reduction program includes interventions to reduce the patient’s fall risk factors.
4. Staff receive education and training for the fall-reduction program.
5. The hospital educates the patient and, as needed, the family on the fall-reduction program and any individualized fall-reduction strategies.
6. The hospital evaluates the fall-reduction program to determine the effectiveness of the program.
The student’s clinical instructor has invited her to participate. In preparation, the student begins to think about the types of evidence that might be used in evaluating the fall-reduction program.
1. If you were the student, what types of evidence might you expect the hospital to have gathered?
2. Choose one of the elements of performance and describe techniques (quantitative, qualitative, mixed methods) that might be used to gather evidence to support successful outcomes.
3. How can the hospital’s use of evidence contribute to the improvement of patient safety by minimizing the harm from falls?
Include references/citations to support your answers.
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