Objectives: The aim of this study was to evaluate and compare the quality of written patient information material available in Austrian and Dutch hospitals and nursing homes pertaining to falls prevention.
Design: Comparative descriptive study design
Setting: Hospitals and nursing homes in Austria and the Netherlands.
Method: Written patient information material (n=77) was independently evaluated by two assessors using the 36-item Ensuring Quality Information for Patients (EQIP) scale with regard to content, structure and identification data. EQIP global scores were calculated and country- and institution-specific (hospitals and nursing homes) differences were analysed.
Results: The written patient information material available in Dutch hospitals had a significantly higher EQIP mean score than that in Austrian hospitals (p
Conclusion: Although Dutch written patient information material pertaining to falls prevention was of higher quality than that in Austria, both countries suffered from shortcomings, especially with regard to content and identification data. Authors of written patient information material face a great challenge in taking consumer involvement and evidence-based criteria into account.
- falls prevention
- nursing home
- patient information
- the Netherlands
- PRACTICE GUIDELINES
- PATIENT EDUCATION