Evaluation of the effectiveness of educational technology in the prevention of falls in the surgical medical clinic

Amanda de Oliveira Barbosa, Thamires Sales Macêdo, Francisco Marcelo Leandro Cavalcante, Ingrid Kelly Morais Oliveira, Joselany Áfio Caetano, Lívia Moreira Barros


Objective: To evaluate the effectiveness of a flipchart as an educational technology for patient education on preventing falls in hospitalized patients.

Methods: This is a quasi-experimental study, being a pilot study type, with a quantitative approach, carried out in a hospital in the northern region of the State of Ceará, Brazil. Thirty-one patients represented the sample from August to November 2019. For the collection of information, it has been applied a structured instrument that includes two parts: a) Clinical-epidemiological data; b) Fall prevention knowledge test.

Results: In the pre-test, there was a median of correct answers of 17 (interquartile range = 8), while in the post-test the median of correct answers was 20 (interquartile range = 6). Significance was observed in the increase in average of theoretical correct answers (p < .000).

Conclusions: The flipchart is an effective technology to be used in health education to prevent falls, favoring an increased perception of risks in the hospital environment.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5430/jnep.v11n4p1

Journal of Nursing Education and Practice

ISSN 1925-4040 (Print)   ISSN 1925-4059 (Online)

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