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A creative analysis of the role of practice development facilitators in a critical care environment

Tanya Heyns, Yvonne Botma, Gisela van Rensburg
Health SA Gesondheid | Vol 22 | a974 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hsag.v22i0.974 | © 2017 Tanya Heyns, Yvonne Botma, Gisela van Rensburg | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 10 October 2017 | Published: 10 October 2017

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Tanya Heyns, Department of Nursing Science, University of Pretoria, South Africa
Yvonne Botma, University of the Free State, South Africa
Gisela van Rensburg, Department of Health Studies, UNISA, South Africa

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Practice development focuses on methods to address the quality of care and advance healthcare practices. The role of practice development facilitators to address challenges of delivering evidence-based person-centred care in the critical care environment was determined by using a nominal group technique. Eleven participants from public and private healthcare services reached consensus on seven clusters: theory-practice application, facilitation of learning, increasing collaboration, effective communication, facilitation of change, time management and role modelling. The clusters were visually represented as a hot air balloon. Competence as facilitators is of vital importance to ensure knowledge translation with the aim to improve quality.


Evidence-based practice; Practice development; Practice development facilitator; Transfer of learning


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