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2010 Spring Grads
Denise Sylvest

Purpose: Strategies and Actions for Independent Living (SAIL) is a multifactorial fall prevention program introduced locally in 2009. To achieve optimal outcomes, a new program is evaluated to ensure it is implemented as designed. The objective of my project was to develop and pilot test an implementation evaluation of the SAIL program as carried out in the client’s home.

Methods: This study used a cross-sectional descriptive design. Two questionnaires were developed and administered. Participants were 3 community clients in the local SAIL program, and 6 community health workers.

Findings: Results showed that client implementation of SAIL tools and processes was 52%, and community health worker implementation was 68%. Barriers to program implementation were client compliance and lack of worker time. Facilitators were willing clients and a belief that the program helps. Suggestions include improving time management skills and ongoing support by supervisors.

Conclusion: The questionnaires are a practical and cost-effective method for ongoing and systematic evaluation of SAIL implementation.

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