Healthcare Quarterly

Healthcare Quarterly 15(2) April 2012 : 70-74.doi:10.12927/hcq.2012.22910
Quality Improvement

Promoting Quality Improvement in Long-Term Care: A multi-site collaboration to improve outcomes with pneumonia, falls, bacteriuria and behavioural issues in dementia

John Puxty, Rosemary A. Brander, Susanne Murphy and Vaughan Byrnes


The Bridges to Care for Long-Term Care research project aimed to facilitate improvements in outcomes for long-term care residents through the provision of knowledge-to-practice and quality improvement resources by trained facilitators. Point-of-care staff reported improved communication and collaboration, improved use of scope of practice and implementation of best practice knowledge. Overall, participating long-term care homes demonstrated an enhanced capacity for common care issues of the elderly (pneumonia, falls, bacteriuria and behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia) and the ability to effectively engage in quality improvement processes with efficient and effective use of healthcare resources.



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