Patient safety and falls: a qualitative study of home care nurses in Norway
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Original versionBerland, A., Gundersen, D. & Bentsen, S.B. (2012) Patient safety and falls: a qualitative study of home care nurses in Norway. Nursing and Health Sciences, 14(4), s. 452–457. 10.1111/j.1442-2018.2012.00701.x
This study explored patient safety and falls, based on the experiences of home care nurses. Four focus group interviews were conducted with 20 home care nurses. The data were analyzed by content analysis. This study identified the following four themes: (i) patient safety was not viewed as primary prevention; (ii) the lack of investigation into causes of falls; (iii) the frailty of older people who can no longer live at home independently and safely; and (iv) patient autonomy versus patient safety. In this study, we showed that home care nurses felt that healthcare personnel were more concerned with the treatment of falls, rather than fall prevention. In addition, home care nurses rarely focused on falls before they occurred. The patient’s autonomy was placed before patient safety. This study illustrates that home care nurses might be more aware of fall prevention in clinical practice. Additional research is recommended to shed more light on this topic.
Artikkelen rapporterer fra en studie hvor hensikten var å utforske sykepleieres erfaringer med pasientsikkerhet knyttet til fall blant hjemmeboende eldre som er avhengig av hjemmesykepleie.