Improving Patient Safety in Long-Term Care Facilities

Training Modules

Instructor Guide

This instructor guide was prepared for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) by RAND Corporation under contract 290-06-00017-7. It is one component of a four-part set of training modules intended for use in long-term care facilities to improve patient safety.

Prepared by:

RAND Health
Santa Monica, CA
Stephanie L. Taylor, PhD, MPH
Debra Saliba, MD, MPH

Please note: This instructor guide comprises three modules: Module 1. Detecting Change in a Resident's ConditionModule 2. Communicating Change in a Resident's Condition; and Module 3. Falls Prevention and Management. It is designed to be used along with the three student workbooks, one for each module. These training materials are intended for use in long-term-care facilities. The modules can be taught consecutively or independently. 

Contents

Introduction
Module 1. Detecting Change in a Resident's Condition
   Principal Message
   Principal Audiences
   Workbook Content Overview
   Objectives of the Session
   Preparing for a Session
   Giving Your Presentation
   Recommended Teaching Methods
   Translating the Teaching into Practice
   Quality Improvement
   Applying QI to Improving Detection of Change in a Resident's Condition
   Appendix 1-A. Suggested Slides for Module 1
   Appendix 1-B. Pre/Post-Test Questions and Answers for Module 1
Module 2. Communicating Change in a Resident's Condition
   Principal Message
   Principal Audiences
   Workbook Content Overview
   Objectives of the Session
   Preparing for a Session
   Giving Your Presentation
   Recommended Teaching Methods
   Translating the Teaching into Practice
   Quality Improvement
   Applying QI to Improving Communication of Change in a Resident's Condition
   Appendix 2-A. Suggested Slides for Module 2
   Appendix 2-B. Pre/Post-Test Questions and Answers for Module 2
Module 3. Falls Prevention
   Principal Message
   Principal Audiences
   Workbook Content Overview
   Objectives of the Session
   Preparing for a Session
    Giving Your Presentation
   Recommended Teaching Methods
   Translating the Teaching into Practice
   Quality Improvement
   Applying QI to Improving Falls Prevention and Management
   Appendix 3-A. Suggested Slides for Module 3
   Appendix 3-B. Pre/Post-Test Questions and Answers for Module 3

These training materials were developed for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality under contract 290-06-00017-7, by RAND Health, Santa Monica, CA. Project Leaders Stephanie L. Taylor, PhD, MPH, and Debra Saliba, MD, MPH; Project Director Victoria Shier, MPA, all of RAND Health; Subcontractor staff from Northwestern University: Linda Emanuel, MD, PhD; Celia Berdes, MSPH, PhD; Karen Glasser Scandrett, MD, MPH; Amy Lobner, MPH; and Derek Jarvis.

Note: At the time these training materials were developed, Stephanie L. Taylor, PhD, MPH, was affiliated with RAND Health. Her current affiliation is Associate Director, Center of Excellence for the Study of Healthcare Provider Behavior, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Los Angeles, CA.

This document is in the public domain and may be used and reprinted without permission.

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The opinions presented in this guide are those of the authors, who are responsible for its content, and do not necessarily reflect the position of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services or the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

Acknowledgments

The RAND Corporation and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine thank The Moorings of Arlington Heights (one of the Presbyterian Homes) for providing valuable feedback on the development and refinement of the materials by participating in focus groups and trainings.

Page last reviewed June 2012
Internet Citation: Improving Patient Safety in Long-Term Care Facilities: Training Modules. June 2012. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/professionals/systems/long-term-care/resources/facilities/ptsafety/ltcinstructor.html