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Running head: QUALITATIVE RESEARCH CRITIQUE1Qualitative Research CritiqueGrand Canyon UniversityIntro to Nursing ResearchNRS-433VSeptember 14, 2018
QUALITATIVE RESEARCH CRITIQUE2Qualitative Research CritiqueQualitative research is used to describe a problem but will not measure the data. The aim is to give a deeper understanding of the problem (Grove, Gray, & Burns, 2015). This paper will discuss a study about how hourly rounding is used as a prevention in falls for hospitalized elderlypatients.Falls within the hospital setting should always be kept to a minimum but unfortunately falls do happen in a hospital due to the nature of many of the patient’s diagnoses. Patients who have had a stroke, brain injury, spinal cord injury or fracture may be at increased risk for falls. Since falls are still an issue, we must ask, what is the preventability and why are falls still occurring? There are several studies that have shown a significant number of elderly patients who have had a fall while hospitalized. It’s important to identify and create strategies that will reduce the number of falls and harm to elderly patients. “Hourly rounding has been identified as an effective falls reduction strategy in acute care settings” (Dyck, Thiele, Kebicz, Klassen, & Erenberg, 2013, para. 5). Hourly rounding must be purposeful, frequent, and nursing or therapy stuff must have accountability (Dyck et al., 2013). Questions asked during this trial were did the staff feel that hourly rounding prevented falls, was toileting and or positioning a contributing factor to a fall, and what factors should be included in the hourly rounding to make it effective.