Translating dignity principles into practice for continence care for older people in care homes: a study protocol Academic Article uri icon


  • AIM:To develop, implement, evaluate, and disseminate an evidence-based, person-centred education program to protect the dignity of care-dependent older people with dementia and continence care needs in care homes. DESIGN:A mixed method two-phase design underpinned by integrated knowledge translation. METHODS:An education program that frames dignity as the main goal of continence care will be co-designed with a purposive sample of care home staff who provide or supervise continence care for care-dependent older people with dementia in care homes and resident relatives. The program will then be implemented and evaluated in a representative sample of care home staff to determine its clinical relevance, feasibility, acceptability, and effects on staff ratings of dignity in continence care; self-reported continence care practices and the person centeredness of the environment. Data analysis will include descriptive statistics (survey data) and thematic analysis (focus groups). Funding obtained November 2018. Ethics approval obtained May 2019. DISCUSSION:This protocol outlines a mixed methods integrated knowledge translation protocol designed to translate principles about dignity into practice to improve the care of older people who are at risk of violations to their dignity in care homes. The outcome will be a contextually appropriate, evidence-based education program that protects the dignity of care-dependent older people who have dementia and continence care needs. IMPACT:Based on a sound theoretical model, the education program will be contextually appropriate for use in the care homes setting and contribute to improving the overall quality and safety of care in this setting. It could also support and inform continence care for other individuals who are care dependent. Adopting an integrated knowledge translation approach to the design and delivery of the education program and piloting it will ensure the program is contextually relevant and sustainable.

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  • 2020

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