Date of publication: May 2010
Publication type: Journal article
In a nutshell: Research was undertaken to identify factors in the nursing work domain that contribute to the problem of inpatient falls using cognitive work analysis. Four major constraints were identified that inhibit nurses’ ability to prevent patient falls, all relating to work processes and the physical work environment, opposed to safety culture or nursing knowledge, as currently emphasized. Concludes that system redesign strategies aimed at improving work processes and environmental limitations hold promise for decreasing the incidence of falls in inpatient nursing units.
Length of publication: 9 pages
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