Roadmap for improving patient care laid out in study

Patient Safety Monitor Insider

March 27, 2013

Over the last seven years, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Interdisciplinary Nursing Quality Research Initiative (INQRI) has funded 40 studies that show a solid link between nursing care and patient outcomes, identified new areas for research, and identified significant challenges for researchers exploring the way nursing contributes to improve care, according to a press release from RWJF.

A series of articles were put together by interdisciplinary research teams to provide other researchers with the information and insights needed to build on INQRI’s work. The articles review the methodology, findings, and recommendations of several studies. Some of the other findings are as follows:

  • Interdisciplinary research can facilitate the redesign of health systems and health policies to improve care, but healthcare organizations need to make infrastructure changes that facilitate translating the study findings into practice
  • Implementation research lacks set standards and guidelines, and to improve implementation science, researchers need to generate a core set of concepts and metrics, standards for implementation methods, and reporting standards for implementation studies
  • Successful implementation research strategies include educating staff and leaders who have a stake in or will be affected by the study, regular interaction with sites, implementation tools, and raising the visibility of the project

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