Improving communicable disease outbreak preparedness in residential aged care facilities using an interventional interview strategy

Eastwood, Keith, Osbourn, Maggi, Francis, Lynn, Merritt, Tony, Nicholas, Craig, Cashman, Patrick, Durrheim, David, and Wiggers, John (2008) Improving communicable disease outbreak preparedness in residential aged care facilities using an interventional interview strategy. Australasian Journal on Ageing, 27 (3). pp. 143-149.

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Abstract

Objective: To improve the capacity of residential aged care facilities (RACFs) to respond to communicable disease outbreaks.

Methods: Three computer-assisted telephone interviews were conducted with RACFs. The first survey gathered baseline information. Outbreak prevention resources were then offered to address identified weaknesses. Subsequent surveys enabled the facilities' progress to be monitored. Before the third survey, RACFs were sent a personalised scorecard documenting their standing against 19 readiness criteria.

Results: RACFs reporting an outbreak management plan increased from 58 to 98%, and facilities reporting 16 or more of the 19 readiness criteria rose from 24 to 43% (P < 0.0006) at the second interview and 73% at the third interview (P < 0.0001).

Conclusions:  The strategy resulted in a significant improvement in reported outbreak readiness.

Item ID: 19409
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: disease outbreaks; prevention and control; residential facilities
ISSN: 1741-6612
Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2012 05:49
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111702 Aged Health Care @ 50%
11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111709 Health Care Administration @ 50%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9201 Clinical Health (Organs, Diseases and Abnormal Conditions) > 920109 Infectious Diseases @ 50%
92 HEALTH > 9201 Clinical Health (Organs, Diseases and Abnormal Conditions) > 920115 Respiratory System and Diseases (incl. Asthma) @ 50%
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