Development and Evaluation of a Nurse Practitioner Huddles Toolkit for Long Term Care Homes

Can J Aging. 2023 Dec 4:1-9. doi: 10.1017/S0714980823000740. Online ahead of print.


Long-term care homes (LTCHs) were disproportionately affected by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, creating stressful circumstances for LTCH employees, residents, and their care partners. Team huddles may improve staff outcomes and enable a supportive climate. Nurse practitioners (NPs) have a multifaceted role in LTCHs, including facilitating implementation of new practices. Informed by a community-based participatory approach to research, this mixed-methods study aimed to develop and evaluate a toolkit for implementing NP-led huddles in an LTCH. The toolkit consists of two sections. Section one describes the huddles' purpose and implementation strategies. Section two contains six scripts to guide huddle discussions. Acceptability of the intervention was evaluated using a quantitative measure (Treatment Acceptability Questionnaire) and through qualitative interviews with huddle participants. Descriptive statistics and manifest content analysis were used to analyse quantitative and qualitative data. The project team rated the toolkit as acceptable. Qualitative findings provided evidence on design quality, limitations, and recommendations for future huddles.

Keywords: aging; amélioration de la qualité; fournisseurs de soins de santé; health care providers; nursing home; older adults; personnel; personnes âgées; quality improvement; vieillissement; workforce; établissements de soins de longue durée.