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An interprofessional approach to pressure ulcer prevention: A knowledge and attitudes evaluation

An interprofessional approach to pressure ulcer prevention: A knowledge and attitudes evaluation
An interprofessional approach to pressure ulcer prevention: A knowledge and attitudes evaluation
Pressure ulcers (PUs) are a major burden to individuals, impacting their physical, mental and social wellbeing. While PU prevention is traditionally regarded as a nursing issue, an interprofessional approach has been promoted as best practice. However, little is known about current practice or the knowledge and attitudes of the wider interprofessional team (IPT). Pre-designed questionnaires were used to explore knowledge and attitudes with healthcare staff in the community. Questionnaires were disseminated to all healthcare staff within a community healthcare trust predominantly via an online tool. Data were analyzed using descriptive and inferential statistics. The median values of all professional groups demonstrated satisfactory attitudes (>75%) and levels of knowledge (>60%) to PU prevention. However, there were differences within and between groups. Management staff demonstrated the most positive attitude to PU prevention (89%), followed by occupational therapists (OTs) and healthcare assistants (HCAs) (87%, IQR: 75%→89%). OTs demonstrated the highest scores for knowledge (69%, IQR: 62%→73%), while healthcare and rehabilitation assistants scored the lowest (58%, IQR: 58%-64%). This study has demonstrated that the majority of healthcare staff in a UK community setting have satisfactory levels of knowledge and attitudes in relation to PU prevention overall. Nevertheless, there were some differences between groups, albeit non-significant. There were also differences between sub-themes of the questionnaires, indicating a greater focus of pressure ulcer treatment over prevention. While PU prevention is widely regarded to be a nursing issue, these findings provide some indication of the potential for an interprofessional approach.
Clarkson, Paul
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Schoonhoven, Lisette
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Clarkson, Paul, Worsley, Peter, Schoonhoven, Lisette and Bader, Daniel (2019) An interprofessional approach to pressure ulcer prevention: A knowledge and attitudes evaluation. Journal of Multidisciplinary Healthcare. (In Press)

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Pressure ulcers (PUs) are a major burden to individuals, impacting their physical, mental and social wellbeing. While PU prevention is traditionally regarded as a nursing issue, an interprofessional approach has been promoted as best practice. However, little is known about current practice or the knowledge and attitudes of the wider interprofessional team (IPT). Pre-designed questionnaires were used to explore knowledge and attitudes with healthcare staff in the community. Questionnaires were disseminated to all healthcare staff within a community healthcare trust predominantly via an online tool. Data were analyzed using descriptive and inferential statistics. The median values of all professional groups demonstrated satisfactory attitudes (>75%) and levels of knowledge (>60%) to PU prevention. However, there were differences within and between groups. Management staff demonstrated the most positive attitude to PU prevention (89%), followed by occupational therapists (OTs) and healthcare assistants (HCAs) (87%, IQR: 75%→89%). OTs demonstrated the highest scores for knowledge (69%, IQR: 62%→73%), while healthcare and rehabilitation assistants scored the lowest (58%, IQR: 58%-64%). This study has demonstrated that the majority of healthcare staff in a UK community setting have satisfactory levels of knowledge and attitudes in relation to PU prevention overall. Nevertheless, there were some differences between groups, albeit non-significant. There were also differences between sub-themes of the questionnaires, indicating a greater focus of pressure ulcer treatment over prevention. While PU prevention is widely regarded to be a nursing issue, these findings provide some indication of the potential for an interprofessional approach.

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Accepted/In Press date: 19 February 2019

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Local EPrints ID: 428535
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/428535
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ORCID for Peter Worsley: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-0145-5042
ORCID for Lisette Schoonhoven: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-7129-3766
ORCID for Daniel Bader: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-1208-3507

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