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Management of gastroenteritis over 10 years: changing culture and maintaining the change

Fox, Joanne, Richards, Sally, Jenkins, Huw R. and Powell, Colin Victor Eric 2012. Management of gastroenteritis over 10 years: changing culture and maintaining the change. Archives of Disease in Childhood 97 (5) , pp. 415-417. 10.1136/archdischild-2011-300881

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Objective. To examine the impact of an implementation program on adherence to a guideline for the management of acute gastroenteritis. Design. Using four retrospective audits over a 10-year period, the authors examined the change in practice and maintenance of that change following a targeted implementation program for the clinical guideline. Setting. Tertiary children's hospital in South Wales. Participants. 447 children aged less than 5 years, admitted to hospital with acute gastroenteritis, comprising four cross-sectional samples (106 in 1999, 153 in 2002, 99 in 2004, 89 in 2009). Main outcome measures. Age of child, hydration status, method of rehydration and duration of admission, for each audit, with an implementation strategy delivered after the second audit. Results. In 1999 and 2002, intravenous rehydration was used in 20% and 15% of cases, respectively. After the implementation program in 2004, compared to 1999, there was a significant decrease in the intravenous rehydration rate to 4% in 2004 (p<0.001); in 2009 the intravenous rehydration rate was maintained at a low level of 6% (p<0.001). Conclusion. It was only after the implementation program that a change in practice was achieved. Once change had been accepted, it was maintained even in the absence of targeted training. Audit does not improve clinical practice unless, in addition, there is a clear, succinct guideline with an implementation programme in place.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
Subjects: R Medicine > RJ Pediatrics
Publisher: BMJ Publishing Group
ISSN: 0003-9888
Last Modified: 11 Mar 2020 14:41

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