Research Topic Ideas:
I am working on the topic of elderly mistreatment in long term care because I want to find out how frequently this is occurring in order to help my reader better understand the severity of the issue and how to change it. This topic is important to me because I have personally seen some of the conditions in nursing homes while getting my LNA and feel that it is important to start to understand why this is happening. It would beneficial to both my field and community because this is a completely preventable cause of maltreatment that occurs regularly, so it is important to bring this topic to light and work to make positive changes to elderly healthcare.
I am working on the topic of hospital acquired infections because I want to find out how frequently this is occurring in order to help my reader better understand why these occur and how they could have been prevented. This topic is important to me because I think that these infections are completely preventable by the healthcare professionals, as long as they are following proper protocols. This is important to my interdisciplinary fields because with the medical aspect, the professionals can be taking preventative measures and the public health educators could be teaching patients to begin to know some of the simple preventative measures that the professionals should be following so that they would notice if a protocol was skipped.
I am working on the topic of vaccinations because I want to find out how what the effects of not vaccinating children in order to help my reader better understand why parents choose to either vaccinate their children or not. This topic is important to me because I want to understand both sides of the argument as to why or why not parents choose to vaccinate their children. This is important to my field and my community, since it effects the whole world when people are not vaccinated, causing very controversial health concerns.
I am working on the topic of if patients are being provided with proper resources after they are discharged from the hospital because I want to find out if there is a continuum of care in order to help my reader better understand if patients are getting proper care after discharge to provide the best quality of life possible. This topic is important because if patients are not provided resources to continue their care, they are not being given the steps to a successful recovery and rehabilitation. It is important to decide how to implement change in healthcare if they do not get proper care. This is important to my community since many people are released from hospital care everyday and do not have family to help them seek other support.
I am working on the topic of if patients are able to understand everything that their healthcare professionals are saying to them because I want to find out how frequently people are given medications, diagnoses, and care instructions, but do not understand the medical terminology in order to help my reader better understand how they can work with their healthcare professionals to use “citizen science.” This topic is important because patients need to be able to understand what is going on with their health, but sometimes doctors/nurses use medical terminology that the general public do not understand. This can lead to mistreatment or no treatment on the patient’s part because they do not know what to be doing. This is important for the medical field to understand so that they can work to improve their communication with patients.
Applied Project Ideas:
- Working with a local long term care agency to see quality of care and have discussions with employees as to what they have gone through there and what are some things that could be done to improve the quality of care.
- Find a local social worker or resource center that works with patients whom have been released from a hospital and see what the process is that they go through to find people the support and resources they need so that all of their needs are being met.
- Talk with both doctors and patients about how they speak with patients and if they know whether or not they are understanding what they are saying in medical terms. Then discuss with patients how often they seek health care and do they feel overwhelmed or confused with the language used in their hospital/doctors office.
- Talk with health care professionals, patients, professors, and other people in the community to get an understanding what their feelings are on vaccinations, whether they work or not, are unhealthy, or should not be used for other reasons. Also, put out a general survey to the public and see how people feel about it in other parts of the country.
- Go to a hospital and talk with the infection control personnel to discuss how hospital acquired infections occur, what the protocols are, what can be done to prevent infections, and is there anything the patient can be doing to help protect themselves. Interview family members about what they have gone through with their family members to recover from the infections.