Continue with your review of the article chosen in Module Five.
Identify the statistical tests used to analyze the data in the study. Are there other statistical analysis methods that would have been more appropriate? If so, identify them and discuss. Describe the limitations of the study. Identify and describe any factors that may have affected the results of the study. Can the results of the study be applied, and if so, to whom? How could results of the study impact healthcare practices? Explain and discuss.
Hill, A., Etherton-Beer, C., & Haines, T. P. (2013). Tailored education for older patients to facilitate engagement in falls prevention strategies after hospital discharge—a pilot randomized controlled trial. Plos ONE, 8(5), 1–11. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0063450
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Introduction: In this article review, we will analyze the statistical tests used in the study, discuss the appropriateness of other statistical analysis methods and identify the limitations of the study. We will also identify any factors that may have affected the results of the study, discuss the application of the results and their potential impact on healthcare practices.
The statistical tests used in the study were the chi-square test and t-test. These tests were appropriate for the study as they were used to compare the differences in falls prevention strategies between the intervention and control groups.
Other statistical analysis methods that would have been more appropriate for the study include multivariate analysis and regression analysis. These analyses would have enabled the researchers to identify the relationship between the various intervention components and falls prevention strategies.
The study’s limitations include the small sample size, the lack of blinding, and the short duration of follow-up. These factors may have affected the study results by limiting the generalizability of the findings and the ability to draw long-term conclusions.
Factors that may have affected the study results include the use of self-reported falls data, the variability in individual responses to the intervention, and the differences in healthcare systems and resources.
The results of the study can be applied to older patients post-hospital discharge, healthcare providers, and policy-makers. The study’s results could impact healthcare practices by promoting tailored education and intervention strategies for older patients to prevent falls and improve patient outcomes.
In conclusion, while the statistical tests used in the study were appropriate, other methods could have been used to enhance the analysis. Considering the study’s limitations and potential factors that may have affected the results, the findings can still be applied to improve healthcare practices for older patients post-hospital discharge.