Use of night-time positioning equipment in care home residents with postural asymmetry : a pilot study

Stephens, M ORCID: and Bartley, C 2020, 'Use of night-time positioning equipment in care home residents with postural asymmetry : a pilot study' , Nursing Older People, 32 (3) , pp. 17-24.

PDF - Accepted Version
Download (520kB) | Preview


Twenty four-hour postural care that includes the use of night-time positioning equipment (NTPE) is being increasingly recommended. However, because most of the published studies focus on children, there is a lack of evidence on the use of NTPE in adults. The aim of this pilot study was to assess the effect of NTPE use in UK care home residents with complex health conditions and postural asymmetry. Ten care home residents trialled NTPE over a 12-week period. Qualitative and quantitative data were collected before and after each trial using standardised assessment tools. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with participants and relatives after each trial. Staff's views were elicited via two focus groups at the end of the study. There were notable benefits of NTPE use in terms of participants' pain levels, sleep quality, risk of pressure ulcers, risk of choking, and weight. There was also evidence of improvements in participants' function, ability to undertake activities of daily living and quality of life. However, some equipment was abandoned during the trials because participants found it too hot or restrictive. This pilot study increases the evidence base for a personalised approach to 24-hour postural care that can support older people's health and well-being. Further empirical studies are required to determine how NTPE can be used to improve older people's quality of life. [Abstract copyright: © 2020 RCN Publishing Company Ltd. All rights reserved. Not to be copied, transmitted or recorded in any way, in whole or part, without prior permission of the publishers.]

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: ** From PubMed via Jisc Publications Router **Journal IDs: eissn 2047-8941 **Article IDs: pubmed: 32212511; pii: e1216 **History: accepted 11-11-2019
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society
Journal or Publication Title: Nursing Older People
Publisher: RCN Publishing
ISSN: 1472-0795
Related URLs:
Funders: Simple Stuff Works
SWORD Depositor: Publications Router
Depositing User: Publications Router
Date Deposited: 21 Apr 2020 11:58
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2022 04:24

Actions (login required)

Edit record (repository staff only) Edit record (repository staff only)


Downloads per month over past year