Educationand research are important aspects in healthcare organization andthey relate directly with each other. They play an important role intransforming the health organization by enhancing high performanceand improving health outcomes. Research in healthcare is importantbecause it facilitates identification of opportunities forimprovement, promotes creation of best health practices and addressissues that affect clinical and operational efficiency. Theinformation obtained from research can be used to establish effectiveeducational health programs to improve the health outcomes (Ovseiko,Oancea & Buchan, 2012).
Thispaper seeks to provide an overview of the patient health educationand the health research services in a health organization.Additionally, this paper seeks to discuss the qualitative researchand the reasons why the paper is qualitative.
Patienthealth education is important in a healthcare organization. The aimof patient education is to improve their literacy on health matters,which includes establishing knowledge on life skills and improvingknowledge. It involves communicating health information to patientsand healthcare providers to improve the health status of patients orto change their health behaviors. It provides patients with insightson how to behave in order to promote, maintain or restore health.Patient education is provided by health professions (Cook & West,2013).
Engagingpatients in health education provides them with awareness on healthpromotion, preventive education and education on specific healthcondition. It provides patients with skills and information thatallows patients to know reasons why and how they need to change theirlifestyle to improve their lives. Patient education improves theoutcomes of treatment by assisting patients in making decisions onimportant factors including pain and loss of life among others. Itenhances effectiveness in patients in establishing compliance tomedication, treatment and enhancement of patients’ health (Cook &West, 2013).
Patients’education provides patients with understanding of their medicalconditions, diseases and diagnosis. It enhances understanding of themeans and methods that facilitate management of the differentelements of medical condition. Also, it promotes self-advocacy inpatients that allows them to make quality health decisionsindependently from health providers. Similarly, it increasesmotivation of patients to comply with the medical conditions.Additionally, it promotes patient’s outcome by enabling patients toprovide effective treatment plan thus minimizes complications.Moreover, it provides patients with information they require,improves their ability to effectively use medical services and reducethe risk of malpractice incase patients have realistic expectations.Patient education as well fosters understanding of pain management,promotes knowledge on safe and effective use of medication and howpatients can access to medical resources in healthcare facilities(Venkataraman, Ranganathan, Ponnish, Abraham & Ramakrishnan,2014).
Healthservices research refers to the scientific investigation thatinvolves the costs, use, impacts and delivery of health services andhealth care treatments on patients. It analyzes the way patients’access to healthcare services and practitioners and the outcomes ofpatients.The aim of health services research is to recognize the mostefficient means of delivering high quality care, organizing andmanaging health care, minimizing medical errors, and improvingpatient’s safety. It focuses on access and delivery of healthcare. The health service research can be used by health managers,physicians, administrators and nurses in making health decisions andthe delivery of care in the health care organization. Itinvolves seeking knowledge systematically that would enhance deliveryof health care to improve treatment or service. This knowledge can beobtained from opinions and expertise from abroad range of bothprofessional and non-professional groups. Thehealth service research as well examines financing systems, personalbehaviors, health policy, social factors, medical technology andorganizational structures and processes. These factors are importantin facilitating effective delivery of health services (Halbesleben &Whitman, 2013).
TheHealth Service Research will be conducted on cancer treatment. Theaim of conducting research on cancer treatment is to optimizedelivery of health care and improving the prevention and treatmentoutcomes of cancer. Similarly, the aim of conducting the healthservice research is to encourage and expand the educational programson services related to cancer, to promote effective collaborationamong cancer health providers and to maintain cancer-relatedresearch. The health service research will focus on determining waysthat would allow cancer patients to receive the best andcost-effective treatments. Additionally, research focuses onestablishing the understanding of the vital healthcare decisions madeby patients and health professionals. The research also seeks toidentify the important gaps in examining and enhancing quality ofcare among cancer patients and provide effective ways of addressingthese gaps. Furthermore, the research seeks to investigate theimpacts of health policies and systems on cancer supportiveactivities, prevention, treatment, early detection and palliativecare. Moreover, other factors that will be researched on includepatient-centered outcomes, comparative effectiveness, education andmentorship for future health services researchers and the quality ofcare. The research information will allow the cancer department todetermine the best cancer treatment, the advantage and effectivenessof new cancer drugs on cancer patients and the cost of specificchemotherapy regimens among others (Allen& Spitzer, 2015).
Theresearch is qualitative because it applies inductive reasoning thatfocuses on emphasizing the significance of experiences and meaning ofcancer treatments. Also, the study is qualitative because it exploresthe treatment of cancer that would result in improved health outcomesand cost-effective methods of treating cancer. It enhances theunderstanding of the health services researchers on the issuesaffecting cancer treatment and how to develop appropriate means ofalleviating the obstacles (Silverman, 2016).
Theresearch involves collection of data through examining relevantdocumentation including patients file, interviews and directobservation. Interviews involve collaboration and interaction betweenthe participant and the researcher and this is an essential elementof a qualitative research. The data collected will be used to developthe concepts and ideas that would enhance the understanding ofresearchers in the social world (Silverman, 2016).
Educationand research improves performance and outcomes in healthcareorganizations. Patient’s health education provider is importantbecause it provides patients with skills and knowledge on variousaspects of health including preventive education, information onhealth condition and health promotion. It enhances patients’understanding on their diagnosis, promotes self-advocacy and providespatients with the ability to make high quality health decisions.Conducting research in healthcare organization is important becauseit provides opportunities that promote improvement of healthoutcomes, and determine the best health practices for treatingcancer. The health service research on cancer treatment willfacilitate optimization in the delivery of quality care among cancerpatients. Delivery of quality care will contribute significantlytowards prevention and treatment outcomes of cancer. Therefore,education and research play an important role in healthcareorganizations.
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