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Running head: QUANTITATIVE RESEARCH CRITIQUE1Quantitative Research CritiqueGrand Canyon UniversityIntro to Nursing ResearchNRS-433VSeptember 23, 2018
QUANTITATIVE RESEARCH CRITIQUE2Quantitative Research CritiqueQuantitative research emphasizes the numerical, statistical, and mathematical data that is collected to give conclusive results to justify the problem that is being studied (SIS International Research, 2018). The methods used in collecting quantitative research data include surveys and experiments. This paper will discuss a study about patient engagement in hospital fall prevention.Injuries related to falls are the most prevalent in-hospital adverse event leading to longer patient stays, a lack of patient independence, an increase in medical costs, and the use of additional resources (Tzeng & Yin, 2015). Patient’s that are hospitalized are at greatest risk for falls than the general population due to the nature of the injuries or decline in health that has placed them in hospital (Tzeng & Yin, 2015). Falls still occur, but why? One study in particular conducted an experimental design study on patient engagement in preventing hospital falls (Tzeng & Yin, 2015). The study also stated that not all falls are preventable, such as intentional falls and falls from a seizure (Tzeng & Yin, 2015). This study looked at several different researchdesigns to draw their final conclusion on patient engagement in fall prevention (Tzeng & Ying, 2015). Tzeng and Yin (2009) conducted a survey of discharged patients aged 65 years and above about the fall prevention program during their most recent hospitalization, these patients were found through a home agency in the Midwest of the United States (Tzeng & Yin, 2015). Patients may have been asked, was nurse availability a factor in your fall, was the bed too high, was the bed to narrow, was the pathway to the bathroom clear of obstruction, and did the nurse also give a verbal education with the pamphlet supplied on preventing patient falls. All of these factors are important in looking at what can prevent patient falls in the future.