Cwm Taf ‘Eyes on the Evidence’ aims to close the knowledge gaps within the Health Board.
Cwm Taf University Health Board has a strong commitment to quality and safety, however it is recognised that improvements need to be made. In 2012-2013 the Health Board received 637 formal complaints from patients regarding the care received. A number of key themes are predominant within these complaints and concerns in particular inpatient falls and dementia care. This identifies to the Health Board that there are gaps in the knowledge base surrounding these areas.
The provision of high quality patient care based on good quality evidence is an essential part of modern healthcare. These information or knowledge gaps within the Health Board can affect the standard of patient care provided resulting in decreased patient satisfaction and an increased risk of complaints and litigation for the organisation.
Access to the required information for evidence based care can prove difficult due to time restraints, a lack in research skills and information overload. To counter these information barriers a current awareness newsletter/website has evolved as a method to improve access to up to date information ensuring the care provided is based on high quality evidence, recent guidelines and research.
Cwm Taf ‘Eyes on the Evidence’ aims to close the knowledge gaps within Cwm Taf University Health Board. The first topic covered is ‘Falls’ and is available via SharePoint. A new topic will be available every quarter. Keep an ‘eye’ out for the next topic on ‘Dementia’ in September, followed by ‘Continence’ in December.
Source: Cwm Taf University Health Board