Identificationof Research Topics
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Identificationof Research Topics
Thefirst potential topic for my research paper is leaving medicationunsecured. Research suggests that many people have a tendency toleave their medication lying unsecured. If the drugs end up in thewrong hands, they can be life-threatening. In most cases, it ischildren that suffer the greatest fatalities because of ingestingprescription drugs they stumble upon at home while playing. Justbecause they see their parents taking prescribed medication, kidsthink that it is perfectly okay for them to ingest the samemedication as well. In some instances, hospitalized patients canunintentionally take wrong medications when they come across theunsecured drugs of other patients.
Ihave selected this topic because leaving drugs unsecured presents twohealth hazards. First, the improper storage of medication is lifethreatening. Secondly, leaving medication unsecured interferes withtheir potency because of improper storage conditions. This topicthrills me because grasping the perils of leaving drugs unsecured canhelp me when counseling my patients on how to appropriately storetheir drugs at home, school, work, and any other place they taketheir medication.
AsFainzang (2014) notes, drugs lose their potency when they are leftlying unsecured. The author perceptively warns that drugs aresupposed to be stored in cool and dry environments. When leftunsecured, drugs are more likely to be exposed to moisture, light,air, and heat. As a result, they become less potent. Moreover, theauthor observes that leaving drugs lying unsecured increases the oddsof hazardous consumption by other persons. This happens when thirdparties ingest drugs not meant for them and end up suffering fromadverse drug reactions which might cause death.
Theother topic that interests me is using technology and protectingpatient information and confidentiality. With the rapid pace ofmodernization, technology has become the core of most, if not allprofessions. Technology is used in healthcare to capture, store,compute, and transmit pertinent patient information that includespast, present, and future health conditions, demographic data, andother particulars that qualify as private health information.
Evenif technology has provided hospitals with many computing benefits, ithas created vulnerabilities where private patient information can becompromised and inappropriately used against them. I have chosen thistopic because researching on it will help me become more informed onhow to use technology to capture patient information and use it in afashion that will not breach patient discretion and privacy.
Accordingto Cerrato (2016), the Health Insurance Portability andAccountability Act (hereafter HIPAA) rule provides a framework thatstrikes a balance between the uses of electronic private healthinformation and safeguarding the privacy and confidentiality ofpatient information. The rule requires sanatoriums in the U.S. tocomply with certain standards that guarantee the confidentiality andprivacy of the transmission and usage of electronic health detailsthat qualify as private health information.
Theauthor notes that there are only three occasions when the HIPAA ruleallows the disclosure of protected health information. First, it canbe disclosed when a patient makes a request to have his/her privatehealth information revealed. Secondly, it can be disclosed whenmedical institutions are complying with the actions of lawenforcement like in the case of federal investigations. Also, theHIPAA rule permits access to private health information withoutpatient authorization for the sake of preserving national safety(like in the case of Ebola) (Cerrato, 2016). In essence, researchingon this topic will enable me to become a more competent health careprofessional.
Thethird potential topic is leaving a confused patient alone in awaiting room. Without a doubt, the interaction between a doctor and apatient is a complex and dynamic affair that has the potential ofaffecting the outcome of a treatment process. The procedures ofbooking an appointment, seeing a medical specialist, and following upare characterized by opportunities as well as obstacles that canaffect the relationship between a healthcare provider and a patient.
Commonin all hospitals and physicians` offices, waiting rooms provide apotential opening for improving patient satisfaction with health carevisits. However, these places can turn into spaces of frustration forconfused patients when they are left alone for extended periods oftime. I have handpicked this topic because researching on it has thepotential of helping me in future practice to prevent a confusedpatient’s frustration and burnout by not leaving them alone in awaiting room.
Accordingto Helen, Niels, Christian, and Birthe (2015), leaving a patientalone in a waiting room only makes their condition worse. The authorsuse the expression "a watched pot never boils" to explainhow depressing it is for a confused patient to be left unoccupied ina waiting room. Leaving a confused patient alone only makes analready petrified individual anxious because of the uncertainty inunderstanding what the long wait means.
Aconfused patient can draw negative conclusions explaining why he/sheis left alone by a physician. Some of them might think that theirconditions are too much for a physician to handle, while some mightblame their confused state for their waiting room misfortunes. Eitherway, such patients get frustrated and lay their frustration towards aphysician. When both doctor and patient are frustrated, it negativelyinterferes with the outcome of a treatment process (Helen, Niels,Christian, & Birthe, 2015).
Inconclusion, I have to mention that all these topics are of hugesignificance to health care. They have an impact because theknowledge I will acquire from researching on them will improve myperformance as a health care professional. In other words,researching on these topics will improve my competence with respectto caring for confused patients, the storage of medicine, and usingtechnology and protecting patient information and confidentiality.Since the knowledge I will acquire on these topics will elevate mycompetence, then they have significance on health care because theywill improve my delivery of services.
Cerrato,P. (2016). Regulations Governing Protected Health Information.ProtectingPatient Information,(4), 19-32. doi:10.1016/b978-0-12-804392-9.00003-4
Fainzang,S. (2014). Managing Medicinal Risks in Self-Medication. DrugSafety,37(5),333-342. doi:10.1007/s40264-014-0153-z
Helen,S., Niels, Q., Christian, M., & Birthe, P. (2015). PatientSatisfaction: The Journey of an Observation Patient from Waiting Roomto Home again. Journalof Clinical Nursing &amp Critical Care: Open Access,2(5).doi:10.15406/jaccoa.2015.02.00073