Unit for EBP and Research in Healthcare Professions: A Way to goName : Dr. Monica Guberti
Affliation : Dr. Monica Guberti
University : Regional Health Service
Country : Reggio Emilia, Italy
Background: When ASMN started accreditation process leading to acknowledgement as Research Hospital, we came up with the idea of structuring research in healthcare professions. For an emerging hospital, this could be a great opportunity for professional development. Healthcare organizations carrying out research not only lead to new knowledge, they also create opportunities of discussion and debate. They allow new approaches to analyze healthcare issues, putting into question traditional and routine patterns followed by present nursing practice, thus creating new approaches to help professionals perform Best Evidence Practice.
Goal: Research is a natural link between theory and practice and an essential tool for validating or assessing new results. No best practice without Research. We aimed at verifying whether an instrument supported by Unit for EBP and Research in Healthcare Professions at Santa Maria Nuova, recently acknowledged as Research Hospital, could help reinforce Research among healthcare professionals and give methodological support in setting up and developing research protocols.
Method: Main scientific databases were searched through. On one hand, scientific literature was analyzed according to the most important databases, by using the same keywords as for nursing research development in healthcare role and an effective model for a research unit. On the other hand, we assessed organizational models together with their limitations and advantages related to working environment by using benchmarking with other regional and/or national organizations which already relied on a strong Research Unit in Healthcare professions. Our findings allowed us to set up a flexible organizational pattern based on 4 principles: education on research involving all professionals; development of a network made up of skilled and determined professionals working in all Departments and related to all healthcare sciences; nomination of a nursing executive in charge of research and EBP; steady support to all professionals in developing and carrying out studies (by use of web based research and dissemination of results). Implementation process was monitored by taking into account the number of studies introduced to Ethics Committee, those actually carried out and publications.
Results: Following our operational and educational interventions, a better approach to professional research was reached, thus leading to an improved research, capable of solving issues of daily practice with an increased interest for research protocols and related studies.
Conclusion: Our results stressed the role of Research Unit for Healthcare professions: reference and supporting point to stimulate and guide professionals in obtaining methodological results to be put into practice.
Biography: Dr. Monica Guberti has become a nurse registered in 1988. She started as a nursing practitioner at ASMN, Reggio Emilia, working in several departments: cardiology, chest and vascular surgery, intensive care, pediatrics, surgery. She also had experience at a researcher hospital in Bologna, were she worked in pediatric oncology field. After twenty years of organizational experience, as a nursing manager in a pediatric and an intensive care department, she dedicated to research.