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Table 3 Best Practice Guideline Topics: Eligibility Criteria, Sources of Data, Response Rates

From: Insights about the process and impact of implementing nursing guidelines on delivery of care in hospitals and community settings

Topic Eligibility criteria Sources of Data
  Chart Audit N Patient Interview In Hospital – N, (% of chart audits) Patient Telephone Interview at home N, % of 1st Interview
Asthma Adults with a previous diagnosis of asthma or are carrying a puffer. Pre 80 Post 48 Decrease likely due to seasonal variations Pre 31 38.8% Post 14, 29.2% Most seen in Emergency, few admitted to hospital Pre 21, 67.7% Post 10, 71.4% 4 weeks after discharge
Breastfeeding Singleton infant, term pregnancy, no major abnormalities, not up for adoption, discharged home with mother Pre 103 Post 89 Pre 75, 72.8% Post 80, 89.9% Pre 51, 68.0% Post 61, 76.3% 8–9 weeks after birth
Delirium, Dementia Depression Include if ≥ 65 years Pre 196 Post 187 N/A N/A
Diabetes Foot Care Adults with Type 1 or Type 2 Diabetes excluding women with gestational diabetes Pre 98 Post 123 Pre 66, 67.3% Post 58, 47.2% Pre 38, 57.6% Post 26, 44.8% 4 to 6 weeks after discharge
Smoking Cessation 18 years or older, daily or occasional smoker in mental health facility Excluded if major depression or psychiatric illness Pre 116 Post 93 Pre 89, 76.7% Post 84, 90.3% Pre 42, 47.2% Post 27, 32.1% 4 weeks after admission
Venous Leg ulcers New or recurrent, Exclude if arterial ulcer, vasculitis, under diabetic management Pre 109 Post 52 N/A N/A
  1. Pre: Pre-implementation; Post: Post-implementation