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Data capture in Research


Impact of research

Just like the solar system is made of different elements, so is the human body. This magnificent recipe that makes us the most advanced and adaptable beings of time, means that sometimes the recipes can go wrong and we begin to develop symptoms. When this happens, we think we are trying to work out what has gone wrong and how to fix it. However, this is not entirely true. What we actually do is try and find a drug or procedure that will help us.

However, for those not involved in this process, many individuals underestimate the science, time and dedication that has gone into developing and discovering the drug or treatment that is set to help us, and this is why research matters so much.

Not only does research open doors for new innovative devices and drugs that can positively influence the quality of care and save lives, but it also, provides a never ending platform for progression over time. Data collected in research turns into big data and can be applicable many years down the line.

Research opens doors for new innovative devices and drugs that can positively influence the quality of care and save lives. It also, provides a never ending platform for progression over time. Data collected in research turns into big data and can be applicable many years down the line.

Improving the health of the nation through research means people are able to cope with chronic illnesses better and practitioners are given the ability to understand and explain complex issues better, which will reflect in the care that is provided to patients. The development of innovative treatments means that patients will not only receive the highest level of care but the care will also be more effective, resulting in a better outcome with an overall positive impact on the quality of life.

Research can take several years, this is because the development of new devices and drugs have to go through a very stringent process before being available to use. Because of this reason, it is imperative that we understand how to whittle down the time taken to help save lives. Learning from past mistakes and prior knowledge can help.

One of the main components in research is the evidence based data. This data allows researchers to gain a better understanding of their research and what the outcomes are. Everyday aspiring individuals are developing their own hypothesis in medical research in the hope that their findings prove beneficial and can eventually improve the quality of life for people who may experience particular symptoms or have a certain condition.

At DCC we enjoy working with researchers because we know we are all connected, the past 16 years we have had the privilege of being involved in a wide range on performance measures, conditions, specialities and bring this learning and experience to be applied to any project and we hope we are doing our bit to making people, systems, science, and care better. We know data capture is only part of the journey and there are many components and protocols in managing studies. It’s the entirety of findings and the confidence in the data accuracy and the time to ask questions, measure and monitor and continue asking questions and questioning data do we begin to build a picture of understanding.

The Impact of research can be life changing for, not only those close to you, but also for thousands of others who may be in similar positions. The impact will be not just on the quality of life, but eradicating the illness, along with the enormity in the amount of knowledge gained in the process will be valuable, as sharing information between research and medical practitioners will improve care vastly.

Identifying conditions quicker means a diagnoses can be made promptly with certainty, leading to quicker treatment. The reflection of this in today’s society means the strains of the health care system can be vastly improved. By making procedures easier and quicker, they can be introduced at GP care level, eliminating strain on A&E departments and hospitals as a whole. Smaller centres can do more which means less waiting times across healthcare. This also means people within the medical profession are less stretched, allowing them to provide the level of care that patients deserve, resulting in less mortality.

Like an hour glass, the findings from research have an effect on everyone. Imagine the top of the hour glass which is filled with sand, representing researchers and the amount of research that is being conducted. As you work your way down the hour glass, and as it narrows, the research becomes more defined and streamlined. Slowly as the sand reaches the narrowest part of the hour glass, this would represent the research reaching a point where the deployment of a new drug and/or devices comes into production or simply a better processes, clinical and care pathways developed because we have a greater understanding, educating patients and frontline wards staff on after care and best practice builds reassurance, faith, trust and confidence in our healthcare system, investment in not only monetary terms through taxes and funding but peoples belief and care and pride in our NHS being a worldwide example and beacon to other healthcare around the world aspire, share and adopt each other’s practices. Eventually, the sand falling through the hour glass to the bottom represents the new innovative medications and procedures being spread to the wider society.

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