Research in nursing

Team leader

Strategic objectives

Research in nursing is essential for responding to the healing demands of the current healthcare system. Its complexity in the hospital setting is derived from the associated increase in patient severity upon admission, the reduction in hospital stay, the incorporation of new technologies, the aging of the population, patient requests for information, social change, and the global crisis.

HCB Nursing needs new crossover research areas in order to address new health challenges, adapting new professional skills to new health care goals. Multidisciplinary approach is essential to improve patient care, so new collaboration strategies within different health care professionals need to be established.

Main lines of research

The main lines of research in nursing in our institution are:

Empowerment: The main target is to increase the patient empowerment and develop assessment tools in order to learn about the educational interventions through experiences. For instance, the implementation of empowerment for patients who suffer from osteoarthritis aims to foster the patients´ and families´ participation in the improvement of their bio-physiological, functional and social wellbeing. They take part in the solution to problems and also gain specific skills that may enable them to handle their health problems, optimize the surgical results through getting the patients´ satisfaction while cutting down on expenses. The empowerment is also aimed at cancer patients. In this case, the objective is to develop a tool for health care professionals to help cancer patients make decisions

Chronicity: Information, training and emotional support for dependent elderly has been design and evaluated in order to enhance older dependent people living at home. Educational material composed of leaflets informative, educational books and CDs was designed to be used by informal caregivers. Main topics are: hygiene, feeding, postural changes and communication. This material is currently being of use to the acute units with family caregivers of the Hospital Clinic of Barcelona. Original clinical and experimental research in hypertension, incontinence, diabetes and obesity has been also developed from a national and international level during the last years from nursing leadership.

Dementia: Best practice strategies’ development for transition from formal professional home care to institutional long-term nursing care facilities. The main target is to improve health service for people with dementia through careful development of best practice strategies using various data collection methods including extensive literature review, focus groups and clinical assessments in different long-term nursing settings.

Innovation: As an instrument to improve the efficiency and quality of care processes. The Committee is a multidisciplinary team involving cardiac and respiratory diseases, as well as different areas of research and innovation. In this regard, the Commission encourages coordination between the ICT Commission ICT Research and Innovation Directorate of Hospital.

Professional Competencies: To determine how hospital nurse staffing, skill mix, educational composition, and quality of the nurse work environment impact on different hospital outcomes such as mortality, failure to rescue, quality of care, and patient satisfaction. These findings will allow researchers to refine existing nurse workforce.