Critical care nurses are constantly challenged to provide safe, high-quality patient care at a low cost with increasingly scarce resources while implementing the latest evidence-based practices into their own clinical practice. This article is the first in a 4-part series to provide a practical quality improvement guide for critical care nurses interested in implementing system process or performance improvement projects within their own units. Part 1 is designed to answer the question “What method is better for measuring real-world patient outcomes—quality improvement or clinical research?” A broad overview of the differences between quality improvement and clinical research is provided. A newly published checklist to differentiate between attributes of each process is introduced, and readers can test their own knowledge between quality improvement and research with a quick quiz of studies recently published in Critical Care Nurse.
Quality Improvement| December 01 2014
Quality Improvement or Research—Deciding Which Road to Take
Julie M. Stausmire, RN, MSN, ACNS-BC
Julie M. Stausmire is an academic research coordinator at Mercy St Vincent Medical Center, Toledo, Ohio.
Corresponding author: Julie M. Stausmire, rn, msn, acns-bc, Mercy St Vincent Medical Center, 2213 Cherry St, Toledo, OH 43608 (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).
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Crit Care Nurse (2014) 34 (6): 58-63.
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Julie M. Stausmire; Quality Improvement or Research—Deciding Which Road to Take. Crit Care Nurse 1 December 2014; 34 (6): 58–63. doi: https://doi.org/10.4037/ccn2014177
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