Shapiro (2004) notes that approximately 195,000 patients die each year as a result of medical errors. While scholars and researchers are working to address the myriad of causes that contribute to patient mortality in the healthcare setting, there is ample evidence to suggest that improving physician handwriting can have a positive impact toward reducing mortality associated with medical errors. In an effort to examine this issue, research on the impact of physician handwriting on both patient care and financial outcomes was examined. The results of the investigation demonstrated that poor physician handwriting had a detrimental impact on both the care of the patient and increased healthcare costs. For these reasons, it is recommended that programs be put in place to improve physician handwriting.Although the present study provides a more integral understanding of the challenges facing healthcare professionals in the workplace, it is important to consider the impact of this research on nursing practice. With this in mind, this brief overview considers how the research study meets the seven objectives of this course. Through a careful consideration of each objective and a critical review of the current investigation it will be possible to demonstrate how the research does indeed meet the objectives of the course and improve understanding of the issue for nursing professionals.
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[...] By the same token, professionals must know where to find this information so that they can utilize it in an effort to improve the quality of care provided to the patient. Use Research Findings to Guide Practice With the realization the poor physician handwriting can impact both patient care and financial outcomes for the healthcare organization, it is evident that even if the healthcare organization is not willing to put new protocols in place to address this issue, nursing care professionals can take steps to improve care. [...]
[...] Given the reality that poor physician handwriting appears to be such a pervasive problem, identification of the issue raises consciousness and can have a positive impact on patient care. By raising awareness of the issue individuals can take personal responsibility to ensure that they are providing the best care possible to the patient. With respect to the specific studies that have been undertaken to examine the issue of poor physician handwriting, it is evident that the ethical and legal rights of the patient are preserved. [...]
[...] Only by demonstrating that poor physician handwriting is a pervasive issue in the healthcare organization will it be possible to justify the development and implementation of a program to help physicians improve their handwriting. Quantitative studies help justify the need for new programs and the resources to run these programs. Describe the Basic Methods of Data Collection and Analysis A critical examination of the basic methods of data collection and analysis used for this investigation reveals that scholars examining this issue have utilized a wide range of designs to draw their conclusions. [...]
[...] A critical review of the data collected for this investigation demonstrates that each of the studies utilized provided some variation of the issue which could be directly linked to the central research question posed. For instance, Rados (2005) sought to discern the prevalence of poor physician handwriting in the healthcare organization. Berwick and Winickoff (2000) sought to determine if physicians do indeed have poor handwriting. Finally, Caine (2006) sought to determine the extent to which illegible handwriting affected patient care and outcomes. [...]
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