Action research in aged care: A model for practice change and development

Melissa Lindeman, Robyn Smith, Freda Vrantsidis, Jenny Gough

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Action research offers a means for potentially improving the links between research and practice, and in improving educational effectiveness to enhance resident/patient care in aged care settings. This paper defines action research as an approach to achieving practice change that emphasises empowerment of participants, collaboration through participation, acquisition of knowledge, and social change. A model of action research is explained and the application of the model in two projects is described: 1) Improving nutrition and physical activity in aged care residential settings; and 2) Falls prevention in a sub-acute hospital setting. A case study from each of these projects is presented. The key issues arising from these research projects are discussed and some practical strategies for organisations to undertake action research projects or engage in similar initiatives are presented.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)10-14
Number of pages5
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes


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