Feasibility of a microlearning intervention about nutritional care for older adults provided by hospital and home care nurses and nursing assistants: A mixed-methods study
Background and objective: Hospital and home care nurses and nursing assistants do not provide optimal nutritional care to older adults, which is due to several factors that influence their current behaviour. To successfully target these factors, we developed a microlearning intervention. The next step is to assess its feasibility to achieve the best fit with nursing practice. The aim of this study was to test the feasibility of the microlearning intervention about nutritional care for older adults provided by hospital and home care nurses and nursing assistants. Methods: In a multicentre study, we used a mixed-methods design. Feasibility was determined by assessing 1) recruitment and retention of the participants and 2) the acceptability, compliance and delivery of the intervention. Data about the use of the intervention (consisting of 30 statements), and data from a standardised questionnaire and two focus group interviews were used to measure the feasibility outcomes. Results: Fourteen teams with a total of 306 participants (response rate: 89.7%) completed the intervention and the median (Q1, Q3) score for completed statements per participant was 23 (12, 28). The mean proportion of correct answers was 72.2%. Participants were both positive and constructive about the intervention. They confirmed that they mostly learned from the intervention. Overall, the intervention was acceptable to the participants and compliance and delivery was adequate. Conclusions: The microlearning intervention is mostly feasible for hospital and home care nurses and nursing assistants. Based on participants’ constructive feedback, we consider that the intervention needs refinement to improve its feasibility.
|Published in||Journal of Nursing Education and Practice|
|Year and volume||12 12|
|Key words||behaviour change, feasability, home care, hospital care, microlearning intervention, nursing nutritional care, older adults|