Aug. 18, 2005
The five-year grant, titled “Relationship-Centered Caring in Acute Care,” will provide for the immediate implementation and testing of the quality-caring model Duffy developed to reaffirm nursing’s central role of relationships with patients.
“This research provides an important template for partnerships between health care systems and university schools of nursing to generate meaningful and timely research,” says Nalini Jairath, dean of CUA’s nursing school. “Dr. Duffy's research is novel in that it takes into account the realities and complexities of health care delivery systems and the needs of the wonderful nurses who work within these systems.”
The nursing staffs from four departments at Holy Cross that primarily serve populations over 65 years of age will learn a new way of performing their functions, including more patient-nurse interaction, greater consistency of patient-nurse relationships, less emphasis on tasks, and increased collaboration among members of the health care team.
Duffy’s model will be
evaluated before and after implementation — looking at its effects on patients,
nurses and the health care delivery system — then compared with a control group
of four non-participating hospital departments. If successful, the program will
be expanded to all departments of
“This is exciting because it’s an opportunity to demonstrate the effectiveness of the quality-caring model,” Duffy says. “It’s the first time this model will be implemented system wide.”
The model consists of a values clarification workshop, a course on relationship-centered caring (which provides credit from CUA to nurses who take it), continuing education for nurses, a professional development program and redesigned patient-care delivery. The grant money will pay the salaries of a full-time project manager and administrative assistant, four research assistants, a part-time data manager and three consultants from outside the university who will provide guidance and expertise.
“Dr. Duffy’s grant explores the critical, but vitally missing, dynamics of the caring aspects of patient care,” says Distinguished Professor of Nursing Jean Watson of the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, who is past president of the National League for Nursing.
“There is an urgent need for research and practices that make a difference in the work and world of patients and practitioners alike,” adds Watson. “It is both an ethical and scientific need to study and preserve the most essential human aspects of health care.”
MEDIA: For more information or to arrange an interview, contact Chris Harrison or Anne Cassidy in the CUA Office of Public Affairs by calling 202-319-5600.
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