Interprofessional education to implement patient falls education in hospitals: Lessons learned

Louise Shaw, Debra Kiegaldie, Hazel Heng, Meg E. Morris

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Aim: The aim of this study was to design, deliver and evaluate an interprofessional education programme for healthcare professionals on how to implement a modified version of the safe recovery programme to prevent falls in hospitalized patients. Design: Mixed methods design incorporating pre- and post education surveys and individual semi-structured interviews. Methods: Thirty-four health professional participants attended a 1-h face-to-face or Zoom® interprofessional education session to learn how to deliver an evidence-based patient falls prevention education strategy, the modified Safe Recovery Programme. Results: A 1-hour education session was insufficient to build full confidence to deliver the Safe Recovery Programme. There was no statistically significant change in participant views on interprofessional collaboration. Participants recommended prior consultation and preparation before delivery of IPE, with additional opportunities for discussion and feedback during implementation with patients. The findings highlight the importance of interprofessional education for evidence-based interventions in hospitals. Health professionals value education that is timely, interactive, realistic and engaging.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)36-47
Number of pages12
JournalNursing Open
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2023


  • accidental falls
  • hospital
  • implementation
  • interprofessional education
  • nursing
  • physiotherapy
  • simulation

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