Quality of Austrian and Dutch falls-prevention information: a comparative descriptive study

D. Schoberer, D.M. Mijnarends, M.C. Fliedner, R.J.G. Halfens, C. Lohrmann

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)220-234
Number of pages15
JournalHealth Education Journal
Volume75
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2016

Keywords

  • Austria
  • falls prevention
  • hospital
  • nursing home
  • patient information
  • the Netherlands
  • PRACTICE GUIDELINES
  • PATIENT EDUCATION
  • RISK-FACTORS
  • WRITTEN
  • HEALTH
  • SUITABILITY
  • INSTRUMENT
  • INPATIENTS

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Schoberer, D., Mijnarends, D. M., Fliedner, M. C., Halfens, R. J. G., & Lohrmann, C. (2016). Quality of Austrian and Dutch falls-prevention information: a comparative descriptive study. Health Education Journal, 75(2), 220-234. https://doi.org/10.1177/0017896915573045