Category: Stroke; Quality Improvement and Implementation Science
Objective : To determine whether nursing staff could quickly improve knowledge of important evidence based research.
Design : The physicians summarized the 25 landmark research studies which informed the care of patients with stroke in an 8-page journal (Stroke in Review). Nursing staff were tested for baseline knowledge, then provided copies of Stroke in Review. They were then asked to fill out a post-test and questionnaire about effect of this experience.
Setting : stroke unit of an academic medical center
Participants (or Animals, Specimens, Cadavers) : Stroke unit nurses
Interventions : N/A
Main Outcome Measure(s) : Change in scores on tests of knowledge of critical stroke research, and change in comfort with discussing these studies with patients, and medical staff.
Results : All of the nurses improved their scores concerning information about the appropriate care of stroke patients after reading Stroke in Review. All nurses judged the experience to be educational with most of the nurses judging that the experience improved their comfort with discussing stroke treatments with family and physicians. All asked for hard copies of Stroke in Review to keep for reference.
Conclusions : This study demonstrates that seminal research studies, summarized for quick consumption and reference, could be of benefit to stroke unit nursing staff.