The Prevalence Of Pressure Ulcers During Home Settings Receiving Services From A Community Based Health Care Provider

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Methodology This DNP project will be a retrospective chart review on the prevalence of pressure ulcers in elderly in home settings receiving services from a community-based health care provider located in New Jersey with a total patient population of over 3000 in eight counties. Prevalence will be defined as the total number of patients who currently have pressure ulcers or have been treated for pressure ulcers and the risk associated with the development of pressure ulcer for the past 12 months. A retrospective chart review has been chosen for this project because it is often used to evaluate associations between models of care and the clinical outcomes of interest (Hess, 2004). It is also an inexpensive way to research accessible data for any condition where there is latency in available data and most importantly to generate hypothesis for future studies (Gearing, Mian, Barber & Ickowicz, 2006). Setting: The reviewer will extract 100 convenience sample charts from the electronic database of the participating primary practice to determine the prevalence of pressure ulcer. The practice is a community-based primary health care provider that services the elderly in their homes. The majorities of these elderly are cognitively impaired, have mobility problems, and can no longer leave their homes and are in need of medical care. The geographical locations of the patients are Passaic, Essex, Bergen, Union, Middlesex, Morris, Monmouth, and Ocean counties in New Jersey.

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