Real World Research: Improving Patient Outcomes

Globally the ageing population continues to increase leading to an impact on resources to manage health care needs effectively. The social and economic impact of wounds across all age groups of the population have been discussed (Posnett et al., 2009; Guest et al., 2015) identifying the importance of ensuring research and evidence directly impacts on and improves patient outcomes. The need to promote evidence and research based practice in the area of wound care/tissue viability has been recognised by researchers, academics, practitioners and industry evidenced by publications, best practice guidance, consensus papers and Government White Papers. The importance of understanding clinical areas priorities is essential if research outcomes are to have a direct, positive effect for patients and their families. An inter professional approach to research cannot be emphasized enough. Although healthcare professionals deliver 'hands on' interventions it is paramount that research is undertaken in an inter professional fashion that consists of healthcare professionals, engineers, pharmacists, microbiologists, biologists and designers amongst others. This paper explores and investigates inter professional collaboration using examples of real world research that has affected a 'bench to bed' ethos of conducting research that reflects the realities of clinical practice. 

Presented by:
Professor Karen Ousey, Director for the Institute of Skin Integrity and Infection Prevention, University of Huddersfield, UK

Guest J, Ayoub N, McIIwraith T, Uchegbu I, Gerrish K, Weidlich D, Vowden K, Vowden P Health economic burden that wounds impose on the National Health Service in the UK
BMJ Open 2015;5:12 e009283 doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2015-009283 

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