Justification of nurses' interventions for skin cleansing and skincare: Qualitative results of the SKINCARE-Pilot study Abstract. Background: Skin care interventions are core tasks of nursing. Various factors influence the implementation of evidence-based care. Aims: To explore the perspectives of nursing staff on the relevance of skin care interventions in long-term care settings and the justification of clinical decisions about the application of such interventions. Methods: Qualitative part of a mixed methods study in three long-term-care facilities, consisting of short interviews with nursing staff members directly after nursing assistance with personal hygiene, focus group discussions with nursing staff members, and semi-structured interviews with nursing managers. The data were analyzed by means of content analysis. Results: The sample (N = 30) comprises 10 short interviews, 3 focus groups (n = 17), and 3 individual interviews. Nurses predominantly assigned a high relevance to nursing support in personal hygiene. As a basis for their decision-making, residents' needs and preferences, nurses' personal knowledge as well as own experiences and preferences were reported. Evidence-based sources of knowledge were hardly mentioned. The availability of skin cleansing and skin care products, staff and time resources, and nurse-physician cooperation were identified as influencing factors. Conclusions: Decisions about nursing support in personal hygiene seem poorly informed by evidence-based sources for clinical decision-making. Evidence-based decision support could facilitate the use of appropriate nursing interventions.
|Translated title of the contribution||Justification of nurses' interventions for skin cleansing and skincare: Qualitative results of the SKINCARE-Pilot study|
|Number of pages||10|
|Publication status||Published - 2023|
Research Areas and Centers
- Research Area: Center for Population Medicine and Public Health (ZBV)