Improving caring quality for people with dementia in nursing homes using IPOS-Dem: A stepped-wedge cluster randomized controlled trial protocol
Spichiger, Frank; Koppitz, Andrea L.; De Wolf-Linder, Susanne; Murtagh, Fliss E.M.; Volken, Thomas; Larkin, Philip
Andrea L. Koppitz
Susanne De Wolf-Linder
Professor Fliss Murtagh F.Murtagh@hull.ac.uk
Professor of Palliative Care
Aims: We aim to evaluate the effectiveness of the Integrated Palliative Care Outcome Scale for people with dementia-based case studies to improve the caring quality for people with dementia in nursing homes by frontline staff and family members. Background: Swiss nursing homes mostly care for people with dementia. This population is at high risk of receiving little to no palliation for their complex needs. The majority of Swiss frontline healthcare staff do not systematically report on the needs of their residents. Additionally, family members do not routinely participate in assessment processes. Design: We will conduct a stepped-wedge cluster randomized trial of repeated assessment using the Integrated Palliative Care Outcome Scale for people with dementia (IPOS-Dem) and subsequent case studies. Clusters will consist of Swiss nursing homes randomly assigned to one of three sequential intervention time points. Methods: The study population will consist of people with dementia living in nursing homes with and without specialized dementia care facilities. Over 16 months, staff working at the frontline and family members will assess the needs and concerns of people with dementia using IPOS-Dem. Depending on sequence allocation, facilitated case studies will start after 3, 6 or 9 months. The primary outcome will be caring quality measured by QUALIDEM. The secondary outcome will be symptoms and concerns, as indicated by the IPOS-Dem sum-score. The Zürich Ethics Committee approved the study in 2019 (2019-01847). Impact: The results of this study will contribute to improving the effectiveness of person-centred care for people with dementia. Collaboration between healthcare staff and family members will be systematically developed and built upon thorough assessment using the IPOS-Dem and related case studies. The use of IPOS-Dem will offer all frontline staff a systematic approach to have an independent voice within the nursing process, regardless of their qualification or grade.
Spichiger, F., Koppitz, A. L., De Wolf-Linder, S., Murtagh, F. E., Volken, T., & Larkin, P. (in press). Improving caring quality for people with dementia in nursing homes using IPOS-Dem: A stepped-wedge cluster randomized controlled trial protocol. Journal of advanced nursing, https://doi.org/10.1111/jan.14953
|Journal Article Type||Article|
|Acceptance Date||Jun 15, 2021|
|Online Publication Date||Jul 7, 2021|
|Deposit Date||Aug 31, 2021|
|Publicly Available Date||Aug 31, 2021|
|Journal||Journal of Advanced Nursing|
|Peer Reviewed||Peer Reviewed|
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