In fact, our fourth call for proposals built on the question of efficiency and delivering care cost-effectively by examining the value of nursing in achieving efficient, high quality patient care. INQRI sought proposals that would investigate the value of nurses in generating and leading innovations, preventing medical errors and other complications, and community-based quality improvement efforts.
Among the five grantees selected for funding in 2009 were teams that:
- examined nursing’s contributions to quality palliative care;
- evaluated a counseling intervention to promote successful pain self-management in patients after spine surgery;
- examined the value of a computer-based nurse communication training and materials program on intensive care unit patient care outcomes;
- initiated an interdisciplinary team approach to reducing pressure ulcers; and
- conducted an intervention with visiting nurses to reduce the risk of Type 2 diabetes in at-risk adults.