An educational video to promote multi-factorial approaches for fall and injury prevention in long-term care facilities

Laura B. Dilley, Samantha M. Gray, Aleksandra Zecevic, Gina Gaspard, Bobbi Symes, Fabio Feldman, Vicky Scott, Ryan Woolrych, Andrew Sixsmith, Heather McKay, Stephen N. Robinovitch, Joanie Sims-Gould

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    Abstract

    Background: Older adults living in long term care (LTC) settings are vulnerable to fall-related injuries. There is a need to develop and implement evidence-based approaches to address fall injury prevention in LTC. Knowledge translation (KT) interventions to support the uptake of evidence-based approaches to fall injury prevention in LTC need to be responsive to the learning needs of LTC staff and use mediums, such as videos, that are accessible and easy-to-use. This article describes the development of two unique educational videos to promote fall injury prevention in long-term care (LTC) settings. These videos are unique from other fall prevention videos in that they include video footage of real life falls captured in the LTC setting.

    Methods: Two educational videos were developed (2012-2013) to support the uptake of findings from a study exploring the causes of falls based on video footage captured in LTC facilities. The videos were developed by: (1) conducting learning needs assessment in LTC settings via six focus groups (2) liaising with LTC settings to identify learning priorities through unstructured conversations; and (3) aligning the content with principles of adult learning theory.

    Results: The videos included footage of falls, interviews with older adults and fall injury prevention experts. The videos present evidence-based fall injury prevention recommendations aligned to the needs of LTC staff and: (1) highlight recommendations deemed by LTC staff as most urgent (learner-centered learning); (2) highlight negative impacts of falls on older adults (encourage meaning-making); and, (3) prompt LTC staff to reflect on fall injury prevention practices (encourage critical reflection).

    Conclusions: Educational videos are an important tool available to researchers seeking to translate evidence-based recommendations into LTC settings. Additional research is needed to determine their impact on practice.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article number102
    Number of pages6
    JournalBMC Medical Education
    Volume14
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2014

    Keywords

    • NURSING-EDUCATION
    • PROGRAMS
    • STUDENTS

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    Dilley, L. B., Gray, S. M., Zecevic, A., Gaspard, G., Symes, B., Feldman, F., Scott, V., Woolrych, R., Sixsmith, A., McKay, H., Robinovitch, S. N., & Sims-Gould, J. (2014). An educational video to promote multi-factorial approaches for fall and injury prevention in long-term care facilities. BMC Medical Education, 14, [102]. https://doi.org/10.1186/1472-6920-14-102