Skip to 0 minutes and 16 secondsWe’re always taught from an early age that we must wash our hands, and all healthcare staff, including us nurses, are constantly told that we must wash our hands. But why? Sure, it kills the germs on our hands, but have you ever come across anyone dying simply because they didn’t wash their hands? Well, we don’t have to look far to prove this. In 2007, 90 patients in a major UK hospital group died from clostridium difficile infection, partly because staff were so busy, they just didn’t have time to wash their hands. And how do we know that hand hygiene is so important? From evidence and evidence comes from observing, recording and investigating new and better ways of doing things.

Skip to 0 minutes and 58 secondsThat’s what we call research. Hi, my name’s Laurence Baldwin and I’m the Module Leader for Healthcare Research here at Coventry University. My job is to demystify research and show how it informs evidence-based practice that can improve the lives of your patients and service users. So, in this open course we’ll be looking at how research is used to inform healthcare practice. We need to go into the background of how research works to look at what is good and bad evidence, and how this informs best practice for our patients and service users. We’ll look at practical issues to see how research moves from the academic into clinical practice to change and improve lives.

Skip to 1 minute and 41 secondsSo, if you are a nurse or a healthcare professional out there, and you’re a big believer in understanding why we do the things we do, why not join us. Expect to be challenged. Well, I think my hands are clean now.

Is research necessary for healthcare professionals?

Watch Dr Laurence Baldwin, Senior Lecturer in Mental Health Nursing and Lead Educator, explore the importance of evidence in healthcare.

Where does this evidence come from? And how does it inform practice?

We look forward to answering some of these questions over the next two weeks as well as providing you with tools to understand how you might improve care for patients and service users in your own area of practice.

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How do you think research informs practice in your context? And what does evidence-based practice mean to you? Introduce yourself and share your thoughts.


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Healthcare Research: For Healthcare Professionals

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