Explain how you would interpret the results and how they might help improve nursing practice
Post a description of one existing source of data you found with variables related to a patient quality and safety problem in your practice. Locate the data posted for your agency/facility. If you are unable to find this information for your agency, locate a national database that can be accessed by health professionals, e.g., Medicare Hospital Compare. (Data are also available for home health and nursing homes.) Include the citation and the link to use for web access. Identify three variables found in the database that are important in better understanding a patient safety problem. Explain how you would interpret the results and how they might help improve nursing practice and patient outcomes. Explain how data is used in your own agency, including nursing involvement in the process.
Medicare Hospital Compare
Note: Post a three paragraph (at least 350 words) response. Be sure to use evidence from the readings and include in-text citations. Utilize essay-level writing practice and skills, including the use of transitional material and organizational frames. Use the writing resources to develop your post.
Jaime has just completed gathering quantitative and qualitative data on causes of hospital acquired infections (HAIs) on a medical/surgical unit in his hospital. After collecting data on different patients, physicians, procedures, and infections, Jaime is ready to begin analyzing the data. However, how should Jaime proceed? What data is most telling for indicating to the hospital that the medical/surgical unit is experiencing an unexpected increase in the rate of HAIs? How will Jaime determine what type of analyses will be most important for articulating his research question and proposed nursing practice solutions?
Once you have collected and gathered data, the next step in the research process is to engage in the analysis of the data. Whether you perform statistical tests to determine if your data is significant or pool responses to interview questions to indicate emerging themes and patterns, understanding the types of analysis available for the research process is important in order to draw necessary conclusions to inform nursing practice. As a nursing professional, if you engage in research for your health care setting, you will likely engage in the analysis of your data to help inform, implement, and evaluate nursing practice solutions.
This week, you examine the analysis of data, including a focus on common statistical techniques: (a) descriptive analyses (e.g., frequency distributions and mean scores with standard deviations) and (b) comparative analyses (e.g., t-test, chi square). You will also consider the importance of using existing quantitative health care data to address clinical questions in nursing practice, including electronic medical records and local, regional, and national quality and safety databases. For qualitative research, you will explore an overview on the common techniques used to understand themes and patterns in narrative data.
Gray, J. R, Grove, S. K., & Sutherland, S. (2017). The practice of nursing research: Appraisal, synthesis, and generation of evidence (8th ed.). St. Louis, MO: Elsevier.
• Chapter 21, “Introduction to Statistical Analysis” (pp. 519-533)
• Chapter 22, “Using Statistics to Describe Variables” (pp. 535-544)
• Chapter 12, “Qualitative Research Methodology”
o “Qualitative Data Analysis” (pp. 268-270)
Medicare.gov. (n.d.-a). Hospital compare. Retrieved December 16, 2015, from https://www.medicare.gov/hospitalcompare/About/What-Is-HOS.html
Medicare.gov. (n.d.-b). Home health compare. Retrieved December 16, 2015, from https://www.medicare.gov/homehealthcompare/
Medicare.gov. (n.d.-c). Nursing home compare. Retrieved from https://www.medicare.gov/nursinghomecompare/search.html
Document: Instructions: Quantitative Analysis Assignment (PDF)
Document: Codebook: Quantitative Patient Safety Data (PDF)
Document: Summary Data Analysis Form (Word document)
Document: Quantitative Data Excel Assignment (Excel spreadsheet)
Document: Instructions: Content Coding of Student Pet Peeves (Word document)
Document: Perceived Pet Peeves Data (PDF)
Document: Code Sheet: Student Pet Peeve Data (Word Document)
Writing Resources and Program Success Tools
Walden University. (n.d.). Walden templates: General templates: APA course paper template with advice (6th ed.). Retrieved June 20, 2019 from https://academicguides.waldenu.edu/ld.php?content_id=45326751
Document: Academic Writing Expectations (AWE) Checklist (Word Document)
This checklist will help you self-assess your writing to see if it meets academic writing standards for this course.