When we talk about healthcare research, people often think of sweeping reforms and dramatic innovations – grand changes that will revolutionise the healthcare profession and change the lives of patients forever. We’re just as guilty as the general public when it comes to getting swept up in the notion of technological or institutional healthcare reformation – it’s easy to get carried away when people’s quality of life is up for discussion. While healthcare research can help to make radical changes when and where they’re needed, far more often it’s at the grassroots where the lives of NHS staff and patients can be the most significantly improved. Could healthcare research be used to effectively redistribute healthcare staff and resources rather than go so far as to reform the NHS as we know it?
Measures to enable healthcare improvement
According to BBC Health Correspondent Nick Triggle, healthcare data suggests that, rather than ‘errors during surgery and outbreaks of infection… more than 40%’ of untoward hospital incidents relate to bedsores. It’s amazing to think that such a fundamental problem could be so prevalent within the NHS, but we’d go further than that. Here in 21st century Britain, the quality of surgery, medicine and other healthcare processes are generally very high indeed, but the problems occur on a more grassroots level than this. From a patient’s perspective, the real issue concerns the quality of care they receive on a daily basis.
The fact of the matter is, hospitals and surgeries here in the UK are often understaffed, with nurses and porters frequently overworked and underpaid. It’s very difficult to offer a consistently high-quality level of patient care when your nurse to patient ratios are low and staff members stretched to breaking point, rushing from patient to patient every single shift. Obviously, the NHS does not possess limitless funds to splash around willy-nilly, bringing in extra staff to help improve basic levels of care. Fortunately, however, it needn’t come to this. Healthcare research exists to help institutions gather data on their operating processes, learning more about the efficiency and efficacy of their staff and the effect this has on their patients. You don’t necessarily need a lot of money to make a positive change in the healthcare profession, just adequate knowledge.
Accurate data, accurate implementation
Here at Document Capture Co, we firmly believe that healthcare data capture and research can be used to improve levels of hospital care from a patient’s perspective, helping to make remediable problems such as bedsores a thing of the past. The more healthcare institutions and the NHS know about their staff, patients and processes, the better the quality of their care can be. We’re here to help generate that knowledge – take advantage of our healthcare data capture solutions and arm yourself with the knowledge needed to improve the healthcare experience for your patients in future.