Strategies for improving the quality of care


Length: 2000 -2200 words (40%) Aim: to critically examine the literature relating to a specific patient safety problem, identify key criteria that define best practice and critique relevant strategies for improving the quality of care and minimizing the patient safety problem. The Task should include: Introduction (approx..150 words)

• Topic for discussion is introduced, the patient safety problem is clearly identified, key terms are identified as appropriate, and the purpose of the essay is provided. {In introduction part, you have to mention the point of view of Australian quality and WHO about this problem. For example, In response to this, the Australian Commission on safety and Quality in Health Care has considered …….. as a cause of patient harm/ risk under the comprehensive care standard (Australian Commission on safety and Quality in Health Care [NSQHS],2017). In addition, according to WHO …………} • Reports databases searched, search terms (key words and MeSH/ Thesaurus terms) and search limits (e.g. Age groups, Years searched, Language) Magnitude of the problem ( approx. 300 – 400 words) •

• Critically analyses the literature and relevant websites to support claims about the extent of the problem and its impact on patient safety (e.g. costs, morbidity and mortality). • • Considers the patient safety problem in the Australian context (or local setting) and the characteristics of the healthcare settings in which it occurs. Defining best practice (approx. 300 words) • • Identifies appropriate criteria and/or quality indicators that define best practice regarding the chosen patient safety topic. •

• Classifies the criteria as structure, process or outcome measures. •

• Discusses the advantages and disadvantages of the chosen measures.

Strategies for improving the quality of care (approx.. 800-1000 words) •

• Identifies and critiques knowledge or scientific findings relevant for solving the identified patient safety problem. •

• Effectively synthesizes the literature including: comparisons of study findings, and highlights areas of agreement and disagreement, exemplary studies and gaps in the research. • • Utilizes current literature/evidence including Australian (or local) evidence where applicable. Conclusion (approx. 150 words) •

• Concludes assignment with a summary and reiterates the paper’s contention. •

• An overall judgement about the quality of the evidence that could be used to solve the patient safety problem is identified. 

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