To ensure that a suite of quality indicators for the care of older persons in the ED is developed using an evidence-based approach that reflects the diversity of ED systems in developed nations, a three-phase mixed methods study was designed (Figure 1). The project will consist of: 1) a review of the scientific literature and expert panel input for the development of a preliminary suite of indicators; 2) field study of preliminary indicators at 8 Australian emergency services; 3) a facilitated panel discussion among key experts in emergency and geriatric medicine followed by a formal voting process, resulting in a final QI suite. The results of each phase will inform subsequent phases.
Research ethics board approval was received for the project from Metro South Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC/11/QPAH/628); Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Government Health Human Research Ethics Committee Low Risk Sub-committee (ETHLR.12.097); The University of Queensland Behavioural & Social Sciences Ethical Review Committee (2012000631); and Melbourne Health Human Research Ethics Committee (2012.010). Site Specific Governance approval was received for this project from Metro South Centres for Health Research Governance (SSA/11/QPAH/628; SSA/12/QPAH/211); Metro North Health Service District Research, Ethics and Governance Unit (SSA/12/QPCH/76); West Moreton Health Service District Human Research Ethics Committee & Research Governance Office (SSA/12/QWMS/23); and Northern Health Research Governance Office (SSA/12/NH/4).
For the field study, research nurses will obtain informed written consent from participating patients at each site.
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