Development of a longlist of healthcare quality indicators for physical activity of patients during hospital stay: a modified RAND Delphi study
SourceBMJ Open, 9, 11, (2019), pp. e032208
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SubjectRadboudumc 10: Reconstructive and regenerative medicine RIHS: Radboud Institute for Health Sciences; Radboudumc 18: Healthcare improvement science RIHS: Radboud Institute for Health Sciences
OBJECTIVE: To develop a longlist of healthcare quality indicators for the care of hospitalised adults of all ages with (or at risk of) low physical activity during the hospital stay. DESIGN: A modified RAND/UCLA Appropriateness Method Delphi study. SETTING AND PARTICIPANTS: Participants were physical therapists, nurses and managers working in Dutch university medical centres. METHODS: The current study consisted of three phases. Phase I was a systematic literature search for quality indicators and relevant domains. Phase II was a survey among healthcare professionals to collect additional data. Phase III consisted of three consensus rounds. In round 1, experts rated the relevance of the potential indicators online (Delphi). The second round was a face-to-face expert panel meeting managed by an experienced moderator. Acceptability, feasibility and validity of the quality indicators were discussed by the panel members. In round 3, the panel members rated the relevance of the potential indicators that were still under discussion. RESULTS: The search retrieved 1556 studies of which 53 studies were assessed full text. Data from 17 studies were included in a first draft longlist of indicators. Eighteen nurses and one physical therapist responded to the survey and added data for a second draft of the longlist. Experts constructed the final longlist of 23 indicators in three consensus rounds. Seven domains were identified: 'Policy', 'Attitude and education', 'Equipment and support', 'Evaluation', 'Information', 'Patient-tailored physical activity plan' and 'Outcome measure'. CONCLUSION AND IMPLICATIONS: The healthcare quality indicators developed in this study could help to grade, monitor and improve healthcare for hospitalised adults of all ages with (or at risk of) low physical activity during the hospital stay. Future research will focus on the psychometric quality of the indicators and selection of key performance indicators.
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