What kinds of patient safety questions would lend themselves to be answered by using qualitative methods of gathering information?

In the book, “Patient Safety for Health Professionals,” it states, “A student physical theorist is affiliating in a community hospital. The physical therapy department is taking the leadership role in an interdisciplinary evaluation of the hospital’s fall-reduction program that was established in accordance with the Joint Commission 2009 National Patient Safety Goals. Goal 9 is to reduce the risk of patient harm resulting from falls. Elements of performance for this goal include the following: 1. The hospital establishes a fall-reduction program. 2. The fall-reduction program includes an evaluation appropriate to the patient population, settings, and services provided. 3. The fall reduction program includes interventions to reduce the patient’s fall risk factors. 4. Staff receive education and training for the fall-reduction program. 5. The hospital educates the patient and, as needed, the family on the fall reduction program and any individualized fall-reduction strategies. 6. The hospital evaluates the fall-reduction program to determine the effectiveness of the program. The student’s clinical instructor has invited her to participate. In preparation, the student begins to think about the types of evidence that might be used in evaluating the fall-reduction program.

1. What kinds of patient safety questions would lend themselves to be answered by using qualitative methods of gathering information?

2. What are the potential benefits of using a mixed methods approach to answering patient safety research questions?

3. Why is there a need for external surveillance systems for patient safety?


 

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