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Int J Trauma Nurs. 1996 Jan-Mar;2(1):7-12.

An educational intervention to increase use of the Glasgow Coma Scale by emergency department personnel.

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Department of Human Studies, University of Alabama at Birmingham, USA.


Data from a large series of acutely injured patients revealed the Glasgow Coma Score was acquired in less than one half of those for whom it should have been documented. To improve these statistics, a five-part educational intervention based on an application of the PRECEDE-PROCEED model was developed. The study populations consisted of hospital-based nurse-managers and their emergency department nursing staff. Evaluation of the educational intervention's effectiveness suggested (1) simply conveying benefits of a particular patient care practice is insufficient to bring about immediate and permanent changes and (2) the most significant changes occurred in settings in which a formal policy and formal data collection procedures were established to accompany and reinforce the educational intervention. On-site advocacy and physician support are essential if changes in nursing practice are to occur in hospital emergency departments.

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