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A safety improvement initiative related to improving population health is access to healthcare. Specific populations have a greater disadvantage when accessing specialty healthcare. These populations include the elderly, children, women, racial or cultural minorities, lower socioeconomical status, and people managing chronic diseases. A specific example is the rural populations usually have less access to specialty care due to most specialists practice in urban areas. For example, a study focusing on inpatient rehabilitation programs for American Indian/Alaska Native children, did not live in an area that had support for mobility devices such as wheelchairs. In this example the barrier was the living environment of the patients (Cyr & et al., 2019).
To incorporate translational research in improving access to healthcare, it is important to evaluate the effect of geographical location and barriers present. Instead of a sole focus on socially on medical, behavior, and social sciences. A shift in the thinking and research to translational research will help see the problems associated with healthcare access in a different way.Translational research can be considered high risk and creative causing research to be outside the box to change the shift of access to healthcare and decrease disparities present (Dankwa-Mullan & et al., 2010).