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Table 6 Quality improvement strategies identified and implemented by participating sites

From: Process outcomes of a multifaceted, interdisciplinary knowledge translation intervention in aged care: results from the vitamin D implementation (ViDAus) study

Strategy Facilities that identified (%) Facilities that implemented (%)
Knowledge/awareness of vitamin D
Face-to-face education for residents 28/41 (68) 21/28 (75)
Information and resources emailed to families 14/41 (34) 10/14 (71)
Making resources available onsite (in addition to study posters and brochures e.g. newsletters) 12/41 (29) 12/12 (100)
Face-to-face education for families 12/41 (29) 9/12 (75)
Adding vitamin D to staff meeting agendas 11/41 (27) 9/11 (82)
Embedding ongoing education for staff into the workplace
(e.g. adding links or information to online portals)
11/41 (27) 5/11 (46)
Additional face-to-face education for staff 3/41 (7) 2/3 (67)
Identification of residents suitable for vitamin D
Conducting a one-off audit to identify residents not currently prescribed, and potentially suitable for vitamin D 29/41 (71) 21/29 (72)
Adding vitamin D to online or hard copy assessment forms
(e.g. falls risk ax, admission or case conference forms)
23/41 (56) 0/23 (0)
Implementing an unwritten process or procedure to identify residents suitable for vitamin D
(e.g. staff to remember to check on admission or during a case conference/ care plan review)
20/41 (49) 16/20 (80)
Arranging an ongoing audit to identify residents suitable for follow up (either internally or as a request to pharmacy) 1/41 (2) 0/1 (0)
Referral pathways
Follow up with GPs regarding specific residents that have been identified as potentially suitable for vitamin D 23/41 (56) 14/23 (61)
General follow up with pharmacists to raise awareness 17/41 (41) 11/17 (65)
General follow up with GPs to raise awareness 16/41 (39) 16/16 (100)
Follow up with physiotherapists for support 3/41 (7) 2/3 (67)
General follow up with nurse practitioners to raise awareness 1/41 (2) 0/1 (0)