Topic 1 DQ 1

Topic 1 DQ 1

Please respond with a paragraph to the following post, add citations and references.


The Institute of Medicine (IOM) defines quality healthcare as “the degree to which health services for individuals and populations increase the likelihood of desired health outcomes and are consistent with current professional knowledge” (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2012). To be able to provide quality healthcare there needs to be a change in the way we base our standards of care for the patient. The only way to do this is to develop studies that incorporate small changes which will provide information needed to properly change the standards of care. This ultimately is called evidence-based practice and is moving healthcare to a high level of practice and producing better health outcomes. Different areas of nursing practice, which evidence-based practice is slowly improving patient outcomes is how we care for mothers and newborns after delivery to give them the best start. For example, understanding ways to diagnose possible postpartum depression and how it can be treated. It is thought that if postpartum depression was diagnosed early then treatment can be started and decrease the risk of possible psychosis. Postpartum visits in the home are one way to review how these women are handling life after leaving the hospital. Making sure they are taking care of themselves as well as their new baby or other children. The article I found was focusing on low income women and how they were diagnosed and treated (Boyd, Mogul, Newman, & Coyne, 2011).

Another example would be effective nurse handoff of care incorporating bedside reporting. This ensures that the patient is involved with their care and they can voice if they have any concerns or any parts of their care they want to focus on. The article “Bedside Shift Report Improves Patient Safety and Nurse Accountability” (Baker, 2010, p. 355) focused on how the patient safety was improved by doing bedside report for shift to shift hand off.

Evaluating healthcare practice continually and adopting evidence-based practice interventions as research evolves and new evidence becomes available should be the norm in healthcare practice. Some traditional practices of postpartum care nurses should be replaced with evidence-based practices. Postpartum care nurses provide an essential contribution to the development of best evidence into practice by continually moving nursing practice forward in the care of the most vulnerable patients.


Baker, S. J. (2010, July). Bedside shift report improves patient safety and nurse accountability. Journal of Emergency Nursing, 36(4), 355-358.

Boyd, R. C., Mogul, M., Newman, D., & Coyne, J. C. (2011). Screening and Referral for postpartum depression among low-income women: A qualitative perspective from community health workers. Depression Research and Treatment, 2011.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (2012). Agency for healthcare research and quality: Understanding quality measurement. Retrieved October 29, 2018, from…