Research Project Summary
Implementation Evaluation of a Novel Surgical Intervention
Virtual ACE is a promising intervention designed to improve post-surgical outcomes in elderly patients, increase mobility and reduce the incidence of post-surgical delirium. The project was implemented in two surgical units at the University of Alabama-Birmingham. The aim of this study was to evaluate the facilitators and barriers to successful implementation so that Virtual ACE could be disseminated to other hospitals.
The QHRC team developed the interview guides based on a review of the aims of Virtual ACE and the CFIR implementation evaluation protocol. Our team conducted in-person and virtual interviews with over 30 staff members, including hospital leadership ,IT, bedside nurses and allied health providers. We developed a codebook to align with CFIR principles, coded all transcripts using NVivo software, and collaborated with the study PI in writing up the implementation evaluation results, which are forthcoming in the Annals of Surgery.
Courtney Balentine, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Surgery Division of Endocrine Surgery University of Texas Southwestern VA North Texas Healthcare System
Melanie S. Morris, MD
Department of Surgery
University of Alabama Birmingham
National Institute on Aging GEMSSTAR 1R03AG056330-01
Forthcoming in Annals of Surgery