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Quality Assessment and Evidence Based Decision Making
BUSI-619

  • CG
  • Section 8WK
  • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020
  • Modified 07/28/2020

Contact Information

See detailed faculty information in Blackboard.

Course Description

Historically, the healthcare industry has been based mostly on clinical experience and judgment. Advances in communication, innovation in information technology, and other recent improvements have increased the promise of evidence-based decision making. This course will examine how evidence-based decision making provides a framework for addressing healthcare quality assessment and improvement in the provision and management of patient care.

Requisites

Prerequisites

None

Rationale

The purpose of this course is to accelerate the translation of research findings into practice in all areas of healthcare at all levels. The utilization of the data should ultimately be used to improve healthcare outcomes by providing tools to use the best evidence from research to improve the healthcare system, practitioners, and healthcare outcomes.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Integrate a biblical worldview within the context of the healthcare manager’s role in improving healthcare quality and outcomes.
  2. Examine how evidence-based decision-making provides a framework for addressing health care quality assessment and improvement in the provision and management of patient care.
  3. Discuss topics related to evidence-based decision making, health care quality assessment, and improvement in the provision and management of patient care.
  4. Assess clinical and organizational quality improvement based upon knowledge of current literature and industry best practices.

Course Resources

Required Resource Purchase

Melnyk, B., & Fineout-Overholt, E. (2015). Evidence-based practice in nursing and healthcare: A guide to best practice (4th ed.). Philadelphia, PA: Wolters Kluwer. ISBN: 9781496384539

Disclaimer: The above resources provide information consistent with the latest research regarding the subject area. Liberty University does not necessarily endorse specific personal, religious, philosophical, or political positions found in these resources.

Recommended Resource Purchase

American Psychological Association. Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (Current ed.). Washington, DC: Author.

 Additional Materials for Learning

  1. Computer with basic audio/video output equipment
  2. Internet access (broadband recommended)
  3. Blackboard recommended browsers
  4. Microsoft Office

Course Assignments

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (9)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be 500–750 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be 450–600 words. Each thread and each reply must include at least 2 scholarly sources in addition to the textbook and relevant scriptural integration. All citations and references must be in current APA format.

PICO Assignment

The student will create a Population, Intervention, Comparison, and Outcome (PICO) question and include a 50–75-word paragraph explaining how the topic is linked to evidence-based practice. Current APA format must be used, and a reference list of 3–5 peer-reviewed, primary research articles must be included.

Literature Matrix (2)

There will be 2 duplicate parts to this assignment. For each part, the student will use the provided article matrix template to evaluate at least 5 primary research articles.

Literature Review Introduction

The student will write a 500–800-word introduction to a literature review using current APA format. This assignment must contain at least 2 references to primary research articles. In addition, a title page and reference list must be included.

Literature Review Synthesis

The student will write a 1,400–1,700-word synthesis that focuses on what he/she has discovered about his/her chosen topic. Current APA format must be used, and the synthesis must include at least 8 references along with biblical integration.

Literature Review Final

The student will refine the information from previous assignments to produce a final product. This will include an introduction, search history, synthesis of evidence organized into 3 themes, biblical integration, and conclusion. The final submission must be 1,900–2,500 words and contain at least 10 references to primary research articles. Current APA format must be used, and a title page and reference list must be included.

Literature Review Presentation

The student will create a 5–7-minute video presentation of his/her literature review. In addition, a PowerPoint presentation of 8–10 slides must be included (not including reference list slides). Current APA format must be used for references.

Course Grading

Course Requirements Checklist

10

Discussion Board Forums (9 at 35 pts ea)

315

PICO Assignment

100

Literature Matrix (2 at 100 pts ea)

200

Literature Review Introduction

85

Literature Review Synthesis

100

Literature Review Final

100

Literature Review Presentation

100

Total

1010

Course Policies

Quizzes/Tests/Exams

For timed quizzes/tests/exams, the student is required to complete the quiz/test/exam within the assigned time. For the student who exceeds this time limit, a penalty of 1 point will be deducted for each minute, or part thereof, he/she exceeds the assigned time limit.

Policies

Late Assignment Policy

Course Assignments, including discussion boards, exams, and other graded assignments, should be submitted on time.

If the student is unable to complete an assignment on time, then he or she must contact the instructor immediately by email.

Assignments that are submitted after the due date without prior approval from the instructor will receive the following deductions:

  1. Late assignments submitted within one week after the due date will receive up to a 10% deduction.
  2. Assignments submitted more than one week and less than 2 weeks late will receive up to a 20% deduction.
  3. Assignments submitted two weeks late or after the final date of the course will not be accepted outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.
  4. Group projects, including group discussion board threads and/or replies, and assignments will not be accepted after the due date outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.

Disability Assistance

Students with a disability and those with medical conditions associated with pregnancy may contact Liberty University’s Online Office of Disability Accommodation Support (ODAS) at [email protected] for accommodations.  Such accommodations require appropriate documentation of your condition.   For more information about ODAS and the accommodations process, including how to request an accommodation, please visit https://www.liberty.edu/online/online-disability-accommodation-support/. Requests for accommodations not related to disabilities or pregnancy must be directed to the Registrar’s Office, which generally handles medical needs support.

If you have a complaint related to disability discrimination or an accommodation that was not provided, you may contact ODAS or the Office of Equity and Compliance by phone at (434) 592-4999 or by email at [email protected].  Click to see a full copy of Liberty’s Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct Policy or the Student Disability Grievance Policy and Procedures.

Course Attendance

In an effort to comply with U.S. Department of Education policies, attendance is measured by physical class attendance or any submission of a required assignment within the enrollment dates of the course (such as examinations, written papers or projects, any discussion board posts, etc.) or initiating any communication with one’s professor regarding an academic subject. More information regarding the attendance policy can be found in the Academic Course Catalogs. Regular attendance in online courses is expected throughout the length of the term. Students who do not attend within the first week of a sub-term by submitting a required academic assignment (such as the Course Requirements Checklist, an examination, written paper or project, discussion board post, or other academic activity) will be dropped from the course. Students who wish to re-engage in the course are encouraged to contact Academic Advising to discuss their enrollment options. Students who begin an online course, but at some point in the semester cease attending, and do not provide official notification to withdraw, will be assigned a grade of “FN” (Failure for Non-Attendance). Students wishing to withdraw from courses after the official start date should familiarize themselves with the withdrawal policy.

Grading Scale

A- B+ B B- C+ C C- D+ D D- F
940-1010 920-939 900-919 860-899 840-859 820-839 780-819 760-779 740-759 700-739 680-699 679 and below

For courses with a Pass/NP final grade, please refer to the Course Grading section of this syllabus for the assignment requirements and/or point value required to earn a Passing final grade.

Add/Drop Policy

The full policy statement and procedures are published in the Policy Directory.

Honor Code

Liberty University comprises a network of students, Alumni, faculty, staff and supporters that together form a Christian community based upon the truth of the Bible. This truth defines our foundational principles, from our Doctrinal Statement to the Code of Honor. These principles irrevocably align Liberty University’s operational procedures with the long tradition of university culture, which remains distinctively Christian, designed to preserve and advance truth. Our desire is to create a safe, comfortable environment within our community of learning, and we extend our academic and spiritual resources to all of our students with the goal of fostering academic maturity, spiritual growth and character development.

Communities are predicated on shared values and goals. The Code of Honor, an expression of the values from which our Doctrinal Statement was born, defines the fundamental principles by which our community exists. At the core of this code lie two essential concepts: a belief in the significance of all individuals, and a reliance on the existence of objective truth.

While we acknowledge that some may disagree with various elements of the Code of Honor, we maintain the expectation that our students will commit to respect and uphold the Code while enrolled at Liberty University.

Adherence to the principles and concepts established within facilitates the success of our students and strengthens the Liberty community.

The Code of Honor can be viewed in its entirety at http://www.liberty.edu/index.cfm?PID=19155.

Schedule

BUSI 619

Textbook:    Melnyk & Fineout-Overholt, Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing and Healthcare (2015).

Module/Week

Reading & Study

Assignments

Points

1

Melnyk & Fineout-Overholt: chs. 1–3

3 presentations

1 website

Course Requirements Checklist

Class Introductions

DB Forum 1

PICO Assignment

10

0

35

100

2

Melnyk & Fineout-Overholt: chs. 4–5

3 presentations

2 websites

DB Forum 2

Literature Matrix Part 1

35

100

3

Melnyk & Fineout-Overholt: chs. 7–8

4 presentations

2 websites

DB Forum 3

DB Forum 4

Literature Matrix Part 2

35

35

100

4

Melnyk & Fineout-Overholt: chs. 9–10

3 presentations

4 websites

DB Forum 5

Literature Review Introduction

35

85

5

Melnyk & Fineout-Overholt: chs. 11–13

4 presentations

2 websites

DB Forum 6

Literature Review Synthesis

35

100

6

Melnyk & Fineout-Overholt: chs. 14–16

2 presentations

3 websites

DB Forum 7

35

7

Melnyk & Fineout-Overholt: chs. 17–18

2 presentations

1 website

DB Forum 8

Literature Review Final

35

100

8

Melnyk & Fineout-Overholt: ch. 20

3 presentations

DB Forum 9

Literature Review Presentation

35

100

Total

1010

DB = Discussion Board

NOTE:  Each course module/week begins on Monday morning at 12:00 a.m. (ET) and ends on Sunday night at 11:59 p.m. (ET). The final module/week ends at 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Friday.