A1 Journal article – refereed
Effectiveness of an internet-based learning program on venous leg ulcer nursing care in home health care - study protocol.




List of Authors: Ylönen M, Viljamaa J, Isoaho H, Junttila K, Leino-Kilpi H, Suhonen R
Publication year: 2015
Journal: Journal of Advanced Nursing
Volume number: 71
Issue number: 10
Number of pages: 13

Abstract


Aim




To describe the study protocol for a study of the effectiveness of an internet-based learning program on venous leg ulcer nursing care (eVLU) in home health care.






Background




The prevalence of venous leg ulcers is increasing as population age. The majority of these patients are treated in a municipal home healthcare setting. However, studies show nurses' lack of knowledge of ulcer nursing care.






Design




Quasi-experimental study with pre- and postmeasurements and non-equivalent intervention and comparison groups.






Methods




During the study, nurses taking care of patients with a chronic leg ulcer in home health care in one Finnish municipality will use the eVLU. Nurses working in home health care in another Finnish municipality will not use it providing standard care. Nurses will complete three questionnaires during the study and they will also be observed three times at patients' homes. Nurses' perceived and theoretical knowledge is the primary outcome of the study. Funding for this study was received from the Finnish Foundation for Nursing Education in 2014.





Discussion




Data from this study will provide information about the effectiveness of an internet-based educational program. After completing the program nurses will be accustomed to using internet-based resources that can aid them in the nursing care of patients with a VLU. Nurses will also have better knowledge of VLU nursing care.




 



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