Evaluating methods to disseminate findings from the Transforming Care at the Bedside program

The Foundation's program, Transforming Care at the Bedside (TCAB), was designed to develop new interventions to improve the hospital work environment with the goal of improving the quality of care provided by nurses at the bedside.The TCAB program has created tremendous interest from hospitals nationwide, particularly among nurses. The challenge for the Foundation at this early stage is how to meet the information demand of hospitals that are looking to TCAB for their own work environment solutions. Foundation staff are seeking to determine what can be spread from TCAB and how to best disseminate what has been learned in an efficient manner. The purpose of this project is to evaluate how spread takes place in the three original TCAB sites. These three sites will test methods of spreading TCAB principles and practice within hospitals and in new hospitals within their health systems. They will learn, with the help of the national TCAB evaluation team, whether a TCAB "innovation unit" is necessary, or if a hospital can adopt individual innovations into their practice without using the collaborative exploration process. The project will inform the ongoing work of TCAB, especially the next phase where spread and dissemination will be expected as indicated by the staff's 2006 performance indicator. The project will be successful if a report is produced that informs Foundation staff and the field in general about dissemination and spread of TCAB in order to inform other hospitals. The three hospitals that will test these methods will be Ascension Health System, Kaiser Permanente Health System, and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Health System.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $79,997.00

Awarded on: 11/22/2005

Time frame: 12/1/2005 - 1/31/2007

Grant Number: 55707


University of California, Los Angeles, Fielding School of Public Health

16-035 CHS
Box 951772
Los Angeles, 90095-1772


Jack Needleman
Project Director