Health Care Research

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Health Care Research

Health Care Research
MHA 614: Policy Formation & Leadership in Health Organizations
January 20, 2013

Health Care Research
Health care research is important for many reasons. These reasons include influencing how health care services are delivered; consumers make decisions regarding health care; and health care professionals, such as doctors and nurses, practice medicine; as well as the development of health policy. However, according to Feldman, what research gets done, who does the research, and what findings are published are heavily influenced by “funders and their [research] review groups, and the journals that publish mental health research findings” (Feldman, 1999), although I believe that this can apply to health care in general.
Recent research studies affect professional development for nurses. It is the findings of these studies that keep practicing nurses up to date when completing continuing education to keep our licenses current. Continuing professional development is a way to preserve quality standards of care, improve upon the health of our communities, and maintain an up to date group of health care professionals (Brown, Belfield, & Field, 2002).
Discussion
Research is important in improving how health care services are delivered. For example, the research used to compile the report To Err is Human: Building a Safer Health System by the Institute of Medicine in 1999 spurred health care systems to evaluate theirs practices and focus on patient safety. The report noted that “deaths due to medical errors were… upwards of 98,000 deaths per year” and that “half of adverse events that resulted in hospital deaths were due to preventable errors… primarily from system failures” (Wakefield & Maddox, 2000). The Institute of Medicine report also noted that “the health care industry lacks a systematic way of identifying, analyzing, and correcting unsafe practices… [and] clearly asserts that preventing errors requires redesigning the health care...
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