Running head: RESEARCH CRITIQUE-:ENHANCED SURGICAL RECOVERY
Research Critique: Enhanced Surgical Recovery
Grand Canyon University
September 4, 2016
Research Critique Part 1
The transfer to evidence-based practice has brought about numerous enhancements within patient care. Patients who are recovering from elective colorectal surgery, enhanced surgical recovery programs or ERAS programs (Enhanced Recovery after Surgery) are the preferred standard of care (Conn et al., 2015). In a published article from, “Implementation Science,” specific goals were identified which assisted in the implementation of ERAS programs, and its barriers. Discovery of these variables allowed for ERAS programs to be implemented within many hospitals, as well as helping to facilitate sustainable changes.
The Problem Statement
ERAS programs employ a holistic and interdisciplinary approach to patient care. If properly implemented, ERAS programs may persuade providers of surgical care to change their ways of practice (Conn et al., 2015). ERAS programs conflict with many of the standard, pre-surgical protocols. For example, standard pre-surgical protocols require patients to fast typically 12 hours before surgery is performed. However, with ERAS programs, the patient is allowed to consume clear liquids within two hours of scheduled surgery (2015). ERAS programs have revealed, through quantitative research, that they are effective in a variety of clinical settings and various surgical procedures. However, little qualitative data is available to aid in conveying the significance of implementation of ERAS programs. In this study, the implementation process of enhanced surgical recovery programs within the hospital setting was approached using qualitative research.
The Study Purpose and Research Question
ERAS programs were proven to be effective among 15 hospitals, and consisted of 2475 patient study participates (Conn et al., 2015). During the timer period...