Please be aware that this essay contains both description and analysis.
The introduction and conclusion need to small and concise (i.e 50 -70 words as maximum.
The references need to be within the last 5 years.
Information about quality of care within health organisations can be taken from three categories: ‘structure,’ ‘process,’ and ‘outcomes’ (Donabedian, 1988). Firstly, ‘structure’ is descriptive of the context in which health care is delivered, inclusive of its buildings, its staff, its financial structures, and all its varied equipment. Secondly, ‘process’ indicates the interactions between patients and care providers throughout the delivery of healthcare. Lastly, ‘outcomes’ indicate the effects of healthcare on the overall health status of patients and populations.
There is therefore a clear relationship between processes (e.g. Falls assessment, Waterlow Assessment, Standard Precautions) used by health care professionals and the quality of the care that is provided, that is, patient outcomes. The delivery of health care services by practitioners is measured by process data.
TASK: Use the scholarly literature to identify and explain the use of process and outcome data in the delivery of safe, and high quality nursing care in health institutions.
Below are some tips to assist you:
Description usually consists of responses to what, when, or who questions. So, in this essay, you will need to explain
• what process and outcome is
• what process and outcome data is
• who collects it.
However, you will always receive fewer marks for description than you will for analysis, so make sure you keep your explanation of this to a minimum.
Analysis usually consists of responses to how and why questions. So, in this essay, you will need to focus on
• why, in general, it is necessary to collect data
• how in general this assists in achieving good health outcomes
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