Learning Objective 1: The learner will be able to recognise the association between perceptions of organisational context and the success of interventions to improve care processes and quality.
Learning Objective 2: The learner will be able to gain an understanding of the value of education regarding quality improvement and the sustainability of the respective knowledge.
Methods: Nurses were surveyed prior to introduction of the program (Time 0), 1-month following commencement of the program (Time 1); and at 6-months (Time 2) and 12-months (Time 3) following collection of baseline data. The Alberta Context Tool was administered to elicit perceptions of unit context (Times 0, 2 and 3), and the Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) survey was administered to determine staff knowledge of quality improvement (Times 0, 1, 2 and 3).
Results: Baseline average scores for dimensions of organisational context were indicative of a positive perception of unit context. A statistically significant improvement in knowledge and understanding of CQI was evident at Time 1 (p<0.00). At Time 2 a significant improvement in perceptions of evaluation was found (p<0.00). Time 3 data collection has just been completed.
Conclusion: Initial results indicate (1) nurses’ perceptions of evaluation processes improved significantly following introduction of the program, and (2) the program was associated with a significant improvement in nurses’ knowledge of CQI. Differences in perceptions of unit context between Times 0, 2 and 3, a comparison of knowledge scores across the four time points, and examination of their relevance for practice will be presented.
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