Quantitative Nursing Study on Harm Reduction Initiative
Significance to Nursing Practice and Nursing Research
Harm reduction incentives are gaining momentum, and more people are now involved in the discourse. The proposed quantitative and qualitative studies contribute considerably to nursing practice as they provide insights into the nature of the harm reduction approach and the exact method to implement such a program. The study can facilitate the development of similar incentives in other facilities and lead to the improvement of the quality of provided services. The quantitative study will unveil the exact quantifiable benefits of the implementation of the initiative with specific rates and numbers of people whose quality of life has improved. The community and healthcare facility’s administration will be able to analyze the advantages and possible downsides of the program based on clear numbers.
The qualitative study sheds light on the opinions of the participants of such programs as substance users will share their views on the program and the implications of their participation. Nurses will learn about the essence of the framework, and the discussion on the topic, which is still stigmatized, will start. Nursing professionals having negative views concerning drug addicts will be able to widen their horizons and change their perspectives regarding this population. These professionals will be able to work on the development of new skills to provide quality care to diverse cohorts.
The studies will also contribute to the development of nursing research. Quasi-experimental and phenomenological designs are employed in quantitative and qualitative studies, respectively. The researchers use certain data collection and analysis methods, verifying them and highlighting ways to apply these methods in specific studies. Nurse researchers will be able to utilize similar methods in their inquiries and further advance nursing practice. They may also address the limitations of the current project and develop sophisticated methods and designs to research the problem.
Dissemination of Information
The dissemination of research findings is an important stage of the project as a wider audience should be informed about the results. First, it is important to disseminate information within the healthcare facility that is the setting of the study. The study aims the development of an effective initiative that can be implemented at the health center. Therefore, the administration of the facility should be approached with the corresponding proposal. The proposal should be presented to decision-makers during a face-to-face meeting with accompanying commentaries and responses in case any questions arise. The administration will provide the necessary funding, so they need to understand what resources will be needed and the potential outcomes (as well as benefits) of the incentive.
After the implementation of the project, a clear report should be provided to the administration with the data concerning funds allocation. The health center’s staff should also be informed about the results of the program, so a brief report with the central data will be provided in the form of a leaflet. The information should also be discussed during a regular meeting that can involve brief reports of nurses who took part in the research.
For a deeper understanding of the project implications and the study, a scholarly article will be written and made available electronically through the information system of the facility. This article will be published in a peer-reviewed nursing journal, so it will reach a considerable audience. In that way, the project will enhance nursing research and practice as healthcare professionals will learn about the used methods and received results, as well as the meaningful details related to the harm reduction approach.