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Pilot Testing of Function-Focused Care for Acute Care Intervention

Resnick, Barbara PhD, CRNP, FAAN, FAANP; Galik, Elizabeth PhD, CRNP; Enders, Holly MS, CRNP; Sobol, Kerry MBA, RN; Hammersla, Margaret MS, CRNP; Dustin, Irene MS, CRNP; Boltz, Marie PhD, CRNP; Miner, Lucy BSN; Trotman, Stacy BSN

doi: 10.1097/NCQ.0b013e3181eefd94

The purpose of this study was to test the feasibility of a function-focused care for acute care intervention and explore the impact of this intervention on nurses’ knowledge, beliefs, and behavior associated with engaging patients in functional and physical activities. Pre- and posttesting was performed with 23 nurses, with posttesting at the end of the 6-month intervention period. Pilot testing provided some support for the feasibility of the study and showed a significant improvement in self-efficacy expectations but no change in the other study outcomes.

University of Maryland School of Nursing (Drs Resnick and Galik and Mss Hammersla and Dustin), and University of Maryland Medical Center, Baltimore (Mss Enders, Sobol, Miner, and Trotman); and New York University College of Nursing, New York (Dr Boltz).

This study was supported by a combined grant from the University of Maryland School of Nursing and University of Maryland Medical Center. In addition, the authors thank Sue Baxter.

Correspondence: Barbara Resnick, PhD, CRNP, FAAN, FAANP, University of Maryland School of Nursing, 655 W Lombard St, Baltimore MD 21201 (;

Accepted for publication: June 25, 2010

© 2011 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.