Health of the community

Please complete all parts

Part 1

Within the Discussion Board area, write 400–600 words that respond to the following questions with your thoughts, ideas, and comments. This will be the foundation for future discussions by your classmates. Be substantive and clear, and use examples to reinforce your ideas.

  • Access 1 article related to health care research that is centered on improving health care outcomes and provide a summary.
  • The summary must include intentional usage of statistical terminology associated with the article.
  • Include a brief description of the terminology used within the research article.
  • Distinguish between the inferential and descriptive statistics discussed in the research.
  • How are inferential and descriptive statistics used to make health care business decisions on a daily basis?

Part 2

You are the manager in charge of leading the new data-driven quality improvement initiative in preparation for a Joint Commission (TJC) accreditation visit for AKT Hospital. In preparation for this visit, you will create a 3-4 page newsletter for your staff discussing the purpose of health care statistics. The newsletter will be a creative approach to presenting staff with the new data-driven quality improvement initiative in preparation for the TJC accreditation visit.

The newsletter should include the following:

  • A summary of at least 2 real-world articles related to quality improvement initiatives in health care in the United States.
  • A discussion on TJC and why organizations seek accreditation in general.
  • An example of the types of data that will be considered as part of a data-driven quality improvement initiative for health care entities (specifically hospitals).
  • The role that descriptive and inferential statistics play in the data analysis process for improving quality of care. Use real-world examples.

Part 3

ithin the Discussion Board area, write 400–600 words that respond to the following questions with your thoughts, ideas, and comments. This will be the foundation for future discussions by your classmates. Be substantive and clear, and use examples to reinforce your ideas.

  • As the administrator for AKT hospital that has been placed in charge of the quality improvement initiative, describe how health care data is collected and used to run health care organizations as a business and improve the health of the community.
  • Provide examples of specific databases that can be used to ensure that the organization meets accreditation standards and are able to create intervention initiatives.
  • How can the information be used to assess population health needs, conduct a marketing assessment, evaluate health care outcomes, make predictions, and improve the overall quality of health care provided?

Part 4

As part of the ongoing training for staff at AKT Hospital, you have been tasked to create to create a PowerPoint presentation with 10-12 slides about various organizations that conduct health care research:

  • The presentation will include a list of 8-10 organizations that conduct health care statistical research.
  • Each slide will have 4-6 bullets and 100-150 words of speaker’s notes and pictures. Describe the organization, the type of statistical research that the organization conducts, and examples of the type of information that can be found in each database.
  • Students will choose 1 of the organizations and include step-by-step directions on how to conduct an analysis within the database.
  • Conduct an analysis within the organization’s database, explain the type of information that was retrieved in the analysis, and provide real-world examples of how the information can be used to create interventions, improve quality, and/or help to prepare an organization to meet accreditation standards.
  • Provide examples of how health care statistics are used in business for marketing research, advertising, operations, finance, and economics analysis.

Part 5

Within the Discussion Board area, write 400–600 words that respond to the following questions with your thoughts, ideas, and comments. This will be the foundation for future discussions by your classmates. Be substantive and clear, and use examples to reinforce your ideas.

  • Describe the steps in the research design process. Be sure to use specific terminology related to research design and include a discussion on the steps to effective research design.
  • How does research design differ from research methods?
  • Based on the information you researched, how would you develop a plan regarding for data collection and the database selection process when preparing to create a new initiative?
  • How important is it for health care researchers to use appropriate statistical tools and databases to ensure the accuracy and relevancy of data?
  • Use sites such as CDC and Healthy People to find real-world examples of research-based interventions. Describe how the research was conducted and used to create a health care improvement initiative or intervention. What type of databases might be helpful in helping to conduct similar research?

Part 6

In preparation for a meeting with upper-level management, you decide to conduct research on the role of statistical forecasting in decision analysis.

Write a paper of 3-4 pages discussing the importance of accreditation and credentialing, strategies for quality improvement, and the role of statistics and statistical forecasting in the process. Your paper should address the following:

  • What are the steps involved in the statistical forecasting process?
  • Provide at least 3 examples of statistical analysis tools used for forecasting.
  • What role does statistical forecasting play in the quantitative health care decision analysis process?
  • How can forecasting used to determine the needs within an organization for purposes of quality improvement?
  • Your discussion should include how you can use statistical forecasting related to patient treatment, readmissions, emergency room (ER) wait times, and so forth as a means of determining what areas to focus on for the quality initiative.

Part 7

Within the Discussion Board area, write 400–600 words that respond to the following questions with your thoughts, ideas, and comments. This will be the foundation for future discussions by your classmates. Be substantive and clear, and use examples to reinforce your ideas.

As part of the accreditation quality improvement initiative, you have must decide how you will communicate the information with your staff. Complete the following:

  • Provide 3 examples of how to effectively communicate statistical data outcomes.
  • Include pictorial examples as an attachment or embedded within the body of the post.
  • Which of the 3 examples that you included are the best in your opinion for communicating information regarding the current initiative to your staff and upper management?
  • How can reviewing the statistical data aid in the development of interorganizational policies and programs to improve outcomes that align with an organization’s strategic plan?

Part 8

Based on your review of the data, you have identified 3 key areas of concern that you would like to address as part of the quality improvement initiative. If not addressed, these areas of concern may affect the organizations accreditation and/or profitability:

  • Patients are having to wait for extended periods of time in the emergency room (ER).
  • AKT is not implementing effective capacity management strategies for the resources that are currently available.
  • There are a high number of readmissions due to patients being discharged too early.

You decide to work with staff and management to develop and implement new policies that are grounded in evidence-based practice (EBP). To communicate the new policies with the staff, you will write a 2-page memo addressing the areas of concern and the new EBP policies that now be in place. In the memo, address the following:

  • Discuss the 3 areas of concern and how these can affect accreditation and/or financial status of the organization.
  • What is evidence-based practice?
  • How can evidence-based practice approaches be used to improve health care outcomes?
  • A set of new policies and procedures that includes 2-3 strategies based on EBP approaches for each area of concern that will be effective immediately
  • The memo should cite specific examples from the research reviewed regarding EBP approaches to resolving the issues.

Part 9

Within the Discussion Board area, write 400–600 words that respond to the following questions with your thoughts, ideas, and comments. This will be the foundation for future discussions by your classmates. Be substantive and clear, and use examples to reinforce your ideas.

Review and reflect on the knowledge you have gained from this course. Based on your review and reflection, write at least 400-600 words on the following:

  • What were the most compelling topics learned in this course?
  • How did participating in discussions help your understanding of the subject matter? Is anything still unclear that could be clarified?
  • What approaches could have yielded additional valuable information?
  • The main post should include at least 1 reference to research sources, and all sources should be cited using APA format.

Part 10

In Week 4, you identified some immediate areas of concern that you were able to effectively address. You must present the final phase of your improvement plan to your staff and upper-level management. You will create a presentation of 15-20 slides. Each slide will have 4-6 bullets and 100-150 words of speakers notes. The presentation will address the following areas:

In preparation for the accreditation visit for AKT, choose 1 health care accrediting and credentialing organization.

  • Select a quality improvement focus (QIF) area to improve patient outcomes in beyond the 3 issues that you identified and addressed in Week 4.
  • Discuss the selected accreditation agency related to the QIF and why the organization is seeking this particular agency for credentialing.
  • As part of the quality improvement initiative, select 3-4 related accrediting standards that the organization will use as the basis for the quality improvement plan.
  • Provide a clear mission statement and set of 3-4 specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and timely (SMART) goals for the QIF initiative.
  • Using the online database provided the by the organization you selected conduct an analysis.
  • Provide general statistical data related to the QIF.
  • Discuss specific health care examples of local, state, and national policies that have been developed to improve this QIF based on evidence-based practice research.
  • What internal policies do you plan to implement based on evidence-based practice approaches to ensure your organization meets these standards?
  • Develop a plan that includes strategies for your facility to improve patient outcomes regarding the QIF.
  • Describe how the QIF initiative can be incorporated to the organization’s overall strategic plan.
  • Describe how you plan to evaluate the effectiveness of the initiative.
  • Each slide will have 4-6 bullets and 100-150 words of speaker’s notes and pictures.