In the medical field, there are always several studies and people researching occurring, because the medical field is always growing and continuing to improve. When someone thinks of research, the most important factor thought of should be if the participants were made fully aware of the study and if they provided consent to be part of the study. According to Helbig, “If data are collected for research purposes, different procedures are required. For health care, data collection for quality can be done without acquiring approval or consent, which is required for research studies” (2018, para 26). Not having to obtain consent is one minor difference, the major difference, according to the book, is that quality improvement is more about patients and hospital care as opposed to research is for the general public and for general knowledge (Helbig, 2018).
An example of qualitative research in the current workplace, is studies done for patients and family members who deal with the aftermath of strokes. A lot of families take on burdens of caring for the patient, as well as the patient having to come to terms with being taken care of. There are several studies that talk about families going through this process, but also give insight on how nurses and other medical staff can help. The nurses on the floor and physical therapy will go over things with the family so that they are prepared to take care of their loved one at home.
An example of quantitative studies in the current workplace, is studies that show how improving the time it takes to get to a patient to a neurovascular suite will show better improvement for the patient in the long run. There are several studies that show when a patient is brought to the suite quicker, their chance of survival and even full recovery grows significantly. The nurses in the emergency department and the nurses in neurovascular know about these times, where they came from, and how important it is to get the patient in the room and clot out of the brain as quickly as possible.
Helbig, J. (2018). Statistical analysis. In Understanding nursing research e-book: Building an evidence-based practice. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier Health Sciences.