that improve population health (Ambrose, 2018). Health care leaders should be able to apply the analyzed data to obtain better patient outcomes. Leaders should be able to determine how valid the data is and how to use the data to improve patient care. According to Baghi & Kornides, it is important for people that work in healthcare to understand statistical concepts because health care professionals require some understanding of statistics to successfully implement evidence-based practice (Baghi & Kornides, 2013). Healthcare leaders should not only be able to understand statistics, but they should identify trends and make predictability assumptions. Predictability assumptions allow for safer patient care and better outcomes. 2
APPICATION OF STATISTICS IN HEALTH CARE Nurses use statistics and statistical knowledge often. I am a nurse navigator at a community health center that belongs to Temple University Hospital in the city of Philadelphia. I use a statistical process control chart (SPC) to monitor patients' rapid readmission (readmission within 30 days). Monitoring patients' rapid readmissions are useful because, based on my analysis, I implemented interventions to reduce the rapid readmission rate. For example, after reviewing the data and assessing patients, I realized lots of the patients discharged did not have the necessary medical equipment in their homes. I brought the issue up at our monthly meeting, and we developed a new process. A transitional care assessment is completed on the same day of
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