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Safety in the home healthcare sector: developm... [J Patient Saf. 2012] - PubMed - NCBI

Safety in the home healthcare sector: developm... [J Patient Saf. 2012] - PubMed - NCBI

2012 Jun;8(2):51-9.

Safety in the home healthcare sector: development of a new household safety checklist.


Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Philip R Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies, University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine, San Francisco, California 94118, USA.



Unsafe household conditions could adversely affect safety and quality in home health care. However, risk identification tools and procedures that can be readily implemented in this setting are lacking. To address this need, we developed and tested a new household safety checklist and accompanying training program.


A 50-item, photo-illustrated, multi-hazard checklist was designed as a tool to enable home healthcare paraprofessionals (HHCPs) to conduct visual safety inspections in patients' homes. The checklist focused on hazards presenting the greatest threat to the safety of seniors. A convenience sample of 57 HHCPs was recruited to participate in a 1-hour training program, followed by pilot testing of the checklist in their patients' households. Checklist data from 116 patient homes were summarized using descriptive statistics. Qualitative feedback on the inspection process was provided by HHCPs participating in a focus group.


Pretesting and posttesting determined that the training program was effective; participating HHCPs' ability to identify household hazards significantly improved after training (P<0 .001=".001" 20="20" able="able" accepted="accepted" and="and" by="by" checklist="checklist" conditions="conditions" conduct.="conduct." deficiencies="deficiencies" easy="easy" fall="fall" fire="fire" hazards="hazards" healthcare="healthcare" hhcps="hhcps" home="home" identify="identify" including="including" inspections="inspections" management.="management." medication="medication" minutes="minutes" p="p" paraprofessionals="paraprofessionals" patients.="patients." problems="problems" reported="reported" roughly="roughly" safety="safety" that="that" the="the" to="to" took="took" unsafe="unsafe" unsanitary="unsanitary" use="use" using="using" was="was" well="well" were="were" with="with">


Home healthcare paraprofessionals can be effectively trained to identify commonplace household hazards. Using this checklist as a guide, visual household inspections were easily performed by trained HHCPS. Additional studies are needed to evaluate the reliability of the checklist and to determine if hazard identification leads to interventions that improve performance outcomes.

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