Optimizing the deployment of nurse champions to prevent and manage pressure ulcers in-hospital: the CHAMPION study

Pressure ulcers (PU) are an ongoing concern in hospitals and nursing homes. PU are painful and discomforting for the patients, enhancing the workload for nurses and increase costs. Nurse champions are therefore appointed in many settings with dedicated time to improve prevention and treatment of PU. However, the effectiveness of nurse champions could be improved.

In a controlled before-after study in two hospitals we will randomize 4 ICU wards, 4 surgical wards and 4 medical wards into a control arm and an intervention arm. The intervention will involve a training program including personal coaching for nurse champions to improve their knowledge about PU, improve self-management support of patients, enhance their leadership, autonomy and control over own work. If successful, this type of training program could be expanded to other settings and other nurse sensitive outcomes.


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Duration: 37%
Duration: 37 %
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Project lead and secretary:
prof. dr. L Schoonhoven
Responsible organisation:
Erasmus Medisch Centrum

Fundamentals of care

ZonMw funds research projects that encourage the use of evidence-based practice interventions in nursing and/or care and further expand this knowledge for day-to-day nursing and care practice. This project is one of the funded projects. Read more about the other projects.