EVIDENCE-BASED HEALTH RESEARCH
Role of Evidence Based Health Research
Evidence based practice (EBP) attempts to cover the gaps in patient care to get better outcomes by blending it with research. Nurses who engage in health research get an opportunity to expand their nursing roles and transforming patient care.
As far as evidence practice is central to the provision of high-quality care and decreasing unwarranted variations, it also includes the integration of best research available alongside clinical experience. After health research on a particular area or nursing, the research evidence is incorporated into EBP. It encompasses more than applying the available data, but there are concerns about barriers of using EBP around finding and applying research. For example, research is necessary when finding out the reasons why a drug helps to treat illness. Health research begins with unanswered questions such as why a particular medicine contributes to pain reduction or healing a specific ailment.
Incorporating health research helps to address various medical issues by collecting existing and develop new resources to provide practical knowledge into everyday practice. Evidence based health research attempts to cover the gaps in patient care to achieve a better outcome and leave the population healthier by amalgamating clinical experience and new evidence from research result. It takes into account the patient values so as promote better experience. Nurses also benefit by getting an opportunity to transform patient care and expand their roles.
Approach for Evidence Based Health Research
To address an issue, a researcher collects existing resources and develops new ones that provide innovative and practical information on how to incorporate research into daily practice.On many occasions, it is essential to find volunteers who can provide answers to questions about their health or illness. Studies might involve testing new drugs, medical devices, surgical procedures and vaccines in clinical trials.
The process of choosing participants for a study is a good example of the research protocol. A person has to meet some conditions known as “inclusion criteria” to be a participant. For example, a pediatrics study might require children of up to a certain age. Some kids will not participate in such research if they are beyond a certain age and they will be ruled out based on an “exclusion criteria.”
Importance Evidence-Based Health Research to nursing
Improved patient care
The outcome of evidence-based health research incorporates real clinical experience thereby exposing the gaps in patient care and recommends the best improvements. It leads to the better patient outcome and a healthier population. This research takes the patient values into account, therefore, promotes a better experience for them in the changes after a study.
Improves patient care and decision making skills
An increase in demand for the improved outcome of evidence-based health research makes nurses to utilize more of their knowledge thus enhancing their critical thinking and decision making skills. It makes the care providers analyze research efficiently to determine its relevance to their patients.
There is more demand for nurses who can evaluate clinical evidence from qualitative and quantitative research. Nurses who learn to combine practical experience with research skills become more successful in navigating clinical situations.
Health research helps the participants to learn more about current treatment and patient care. The patients they will serve also benefit by getting a better quality of care. It will be an important part of nursing and medical profession.