Development and Evaluation of the Geriatric HealthAssessment Guideline For Outpatient Department
Objective: To develop and evaluate theutilization of aclinical practice guideline for assessing geriatric health inoutpatient department.
Design: Development research
Procedure: Twoprocesseswere conducted: 1) developing the clinical practice guideline, examining its content validity using a panel of 5 experts (CVI = 0.91) and inter-rater reliability (percentage of raters’ agreement = 95) and 2) implementing and evaluating the guideline by the 10 nurses and 30 elder patients.The users’ opinions on feasibility/ ease of the guideline, and satisfaction on adopting the guideline including its efficacy on making diagnosis for each elder’s health problems.Barriers and obstacles including suggestions on its utilization were analyzed using content analysis.
Results: The newly developed clinical practice guideline comprised 2 implementing steps: 1)health screening and 2) holistic health assessment. The feasibility/ ease of the guideline, and satisfaction on adopting the guideline were confirmed by all users. Only 2 nursesreported difficulty on social and spiritual assessment. The efficacy of using the guideline on making diagnosis was revealed that most elder participants (n=26) were diagnosed in all health dimensions (physical, psychological, social, and spiritual).
Recommendations: Theclinical practice guideline can be used for geriatric health assessment in outpatient department. However, a manual for making diagnosis on the elderly health should be provided in the guideline operation package. The further development of an information management system using digital technology is highly recommended for advancing the implementation of the clinical practice guideline.
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