TOPIC: Protecting the Subjects of Your Own EBP Initiative
If you were to implement a EBP initiative to answer your clinical or management question (PICO(T)):
- How would you ensure that ethical principles are fostered?
- Would this project be classified as research?
- Does this proposed project use human subjects?
Provide specific details for your answer to each question. Explain your response including a citation to the references for the definitions you used.
MY PICO(T) QUESTION
My PICOT QESTION: Foreground Question
In an acute healthcare setting, how effective is technological education compared to no education in reducing alarm fatigue within three months?
NOTE: My professor suggested that my intervention need to be more than education. Intervention other than education to decrease alarm fatigue in nurse.
Protecting the Subjects of the EBP
When implementing a change in health care, it is essential to follow the code of ethics, including ensuring compassion and respect to every person protecting the rights and safety of the patient. The project lead should ensure that the principles of ethics, including autonomy, non-maleficence, beneficence, and justice, are all applied in the process. All the subjects involved in the change process should do it without being forced, and they should consent to be involved (White, 2020). It is also essential to ensure that opinions are sought from all the participants and that their contribution is respected.
Research refers to creating new knowledge and or using existing knowledge in creative ways to generate new concepts, understandings, and methodologies. This project would be considered research because it is meant to determine the effectiveness of education and focus on only the necessary patient and peripheral light pattern design to reduce alarm fatigue. All these interventions would be implemented to decide whether or not they are effective in reducing alarm fatigue. The implementation would result in new knowledge and understanding; hence the project should be considered as research.
The proposed project uses human subjects who are nurses. When dealing with human subjects in research, they should be respected, not exposed to harm, and ensure informed consent (Arifin, 2018). Other factors that should be considered are a risk to subjects, potential benefits of the proposed research, adequacy of the subject’s protection against threats, and data and safety monitoring for the clinical trials (Ross, Iguchi & Panicker, 2018). However, in this project, the nurse’s subjects are not exposed to any form of risk. Education, use of peripheral light pattern design, and focus on the necessary patients when using alarms will not cause any harm to the subjects.
Arifin, S. R. M. (2018). Ethical considerations in a qualitative study. International Journal of Care Scholars, 1(2), 30-33. file:///C:/Users/Christine/Downloads/27.pdf
Ross, M. W., Iguchi, M. Y., & Panicker, S. (2018). Ethical aspects of data sharing and research participant protections. American Psychologist, 73(2), 138. https://psycnet.apa.org/record/2018-06770-003
White, M. G. (2020). Why human subjects research protection is important. Ochsner Journal, 20(1), 16-33. http://www.ochsnerjournal.org/content/ochjnl/20/1/16.full.pdf