Foundations of nursing research 2
Research can also inform decisions about which treatments are most appropriate for individual patients based on a variety of factors such as age, gender, ethnicity or co-morbidities. This kind of information can be used to tailor care plans to an individual’s needs or customize interventions for identified populations. By relying on evidence rather than guessing what might work best, nurses can provide more effective and efficient care while keeping costs low and improving patient satisfaction with the services they receive.
Finally, research has great implications for policy development within nursing organizations and institutions. Through rigorous study conducted by qualified researchers, policy makers are able to determine best practices across a range of topics related to healthcare delivery and management, including staffing ratios, facility design standards and billing procedures among other key concerns.. In this way research serves as both a source of information informing decision making processess as well as a reference point when evaluating existing policies in order to ensure they remain relevant over time.