In accordance with the MRC (Medical Research Council) framework, the pilot study on the feasibility and effectiveness of the intervention was preceded by a multistage development phase (05/2014 to 12/2015) which resulted in a package of measures to improve the social participation and quality of life of nursing home residents with joint contractures: the concept of contracture-sensitive care.
This development phase consisted essentially of six sub-steps:
- Identification of existing evidence through a systematic review
- Identification of possible intervention targets using graphical models
- Determination of participation barriers by means of focus groups at the residents' and care levels
- Design of the intervention components during a two-day interdisciplinary expert conference
- Development of the intervention "contracture-sensitive care"
- Implementation concept set up by the project team,
- Evaluation of the intervention "contracture-sensitive care"
Subsequently, the concept of contracture-sensitive care was tested for its effectiveness and feasibility in everyday life in seven nursing homes in two regions of Germany (Halle (Saale) and Munich).
See detailed informations: JointConFunctionSet.
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