NURS 8200 Discussion: Sampling

NURS 8200 Discussion: Sampling

NURS 8200 Discussion: Sampling

What are the researchable populations in your area of practice? Which would be most appropriate for use in your research study?

My current area of practice serves the special needs pediatric patient population with medically fragile with complex diagnoses. The most common diagnosis among this population is chronic lung diseases, failure to thrive developmental delay and autism. These patients are dependent on mechanical airway devices, enteral, parenteral feedings, essential infusion therapy, and medications in the home care setting (Romagnoli, Handler, & Hochheiser, 2013).

Hence, for my research study, the most appropriate the targeted population is the patients between the ages of 0-17 years old with medical complexities receiving home care services.

What are the challenges of obtaining a sample from this population? How could you address those challenges?

The chosen patient population is considered a vulnerable population and requires parental consent before initiating care and services.

NURS 8200 Discussion Sampling
NURS 8200 Discussion Sampling

Based on these identified limitations, it would be challenging to obtain data from the patients both verbally and written. Secondly, another challenge would be the availability and willingness of the parents to participate in research which requires their time away from other pertinent tasks.  The first step to addressing these challenges is building a trusting relationship with the parents and families. The purpose and scope of the research require a clear explanation with validation of understanding verbalized and demonstrated by the parents (Lefaiver, 2012). The research study must clearly explain the expected outcomes and intended benefits related to the patient’s care with acknowledgment of the parents understanding and interest as stakeholders.

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What approach would you use to collect data from the sample? Provide a rationale for the approach you choose based on this week’s Learning Resources.

The data collection approach would capture missed visits by generating weekly unmade visits reports from the schedule database (Laureate Education, Inc. 2011).  Then compare the data with the corresponding number of schedules canceled in the system. The next step is comparing the missed visits notification report submitted to the Physician.  Finally, review the data with the parents or guardians to validate the number of missed visits and reasons for the missed visits.

The Patients Electronic Health Record is considered safe for data management and data accuracy (Gray, Grove, & Sutherland, 2021). This method is safe, convenient, and, most importantly, maintains compliance with HIPPA standards while promoting interoperability related to meaningful use of EHR software systems.




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