Time distribution of selected care activities in home care in Germany
Article first published online: 22 DEC 2003
Journal of Clinical Nursing
Volume 13, Issue 1, pages 97–104, January 2004
How to Cite
Bartholomeyczik, S. and Hunstein, D. (2004), Time distribution of selected care activities in home care in Germany. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 13: 97–104. doi: 10.1046/j.1365-2702.2003.00842.x
- Issue published online: 22 DEC 2003
- Article first published online: 22 DEC 2003
- Submitted for publication: 30 January 2003 Accepted for publication: 17 June 2003
- German Long Term Care Insurance;
- home care;
- time measurement assessment
Aims and objectives. To investigate the time required by family caregivers to carry out selected care activities. The project was initiated by the responsible ministry for German Long Term Care Insurance. The Long Term Care Insurance provides recommendations for specific time ranges for care activities as a basis for assessment.
Methods. Cross-sectional descriptive study, convenience sample of 200 households. Time was measured during direct observation using a stopwatch (time-and-motion method).
Results. The time taken for care activities had large standard deviations. For many activities, <50% of the cases fell in the recommended time range. No significant influences on the different durations were found.
Conclusions. The results give no support for the assumption that recommended time ranges can enhance assessment comparability and adequacy.
Relevance to clinical practice. In order to predict the amount of work in nursing it is more important to assess the patient's situation and history, and the goal to be reached by nursing care than to know the title of the required nursing intervention.