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Pharmacology and research

Write  a controversial topic related to  pharmacology. Explain appropriate use of pharmacology; the relationship  between quality patient outcomes, patient safety, and the use of  pharmacology; and how the topic affects communities and organizations.  Describe inequities regarding access to pharmacological treatments.

 

Professional nursing practice is based on knowledge that comes from  research. This research provides nurses with strategies to better  communicate with patients, as well as answers to questions such as the  following:

  • What are the most effective pharmacological agents to treat hypertension in an elderly Latino patient?
  • How do home visits benefit the family of a child with a severe chronic illness?
  • Are there new pharmacological treatments for mental illness?

Health care is ever changing. Research helps nurses understand what  those changes are and build on their knowledge base as they continue to  provide quality care to their patients.

In your professional nursing practice, you will likely encounter both  patients and coworkers whose personal or cultural views on pharmacology  may be quite different from your own. Understanding the most current  research on pharmacological topics will help you make informed choices.

For this assessment, imagine your supervisor asks you to write an  article on a controversial topic for the organization’s monthly  newsletter in which you review the most recent research on the topic.  She stresses you must present a balanced overview and equally address  the pros and cons of the topic.

Preparation

Complete the following as you prepare to write your article:

  1. Choose a topic from the list below:
    • The use of medical marijuana.
    • The use of complementary and alternative medicines (CAM) versus traditional Western medicine.
    • Experimental drug programs and disease management.
    • Mandated vaccinations for children and the implications for parental choice not to vaccinate.
  2. Search the Capella library and the Internet to locate  peer-reviewed research articles on your selected topic. The information  you use to support your work in this assessment must be as recent as  possible.

Note: These are very broad topics. Limit your work to the scope of your practice and be mindful of the page-length requirements.

Requirements

Once you have identified your topic, organize your article as you wish. Be sure to include the following:

  • Explain the appropriate use of the pharmacology related to the  topic. Include elements such as diseases or health concerns associated  with the topic and the efficacy and applicability of the pharmacology.
  • Explain the relationship between quality patient outcomes,  patient safety, and use of the pharmacology related to the topic.  Remember to address both the benefits and limitations of the  pharmacology in terms of specific diseases and populations.
  • Explain how the topic affects both the community and the organization in terms of promoting health and wellness.
  • Describe any inequities regarding access to the pharmacology  related to the topic. Is access limited to specific groups or  populations? Who determines access? On what is it based? Does access  influence choice?
 

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