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Would your problem identified in the Week 2 discussion question lend itself to a qualitative or quantitative design? What level of evidence (research design) would best address the problem? Explain your answer.

post was this please refer to answer the above question

To achieve a high-quality person-centered system of healthcare, there is a need to ensure that there is an active engagement of patients and their families in making decisions about their care. Family is any person who offers support to the patient and who is defined by the patient as such including relatives and friends among others. This effort has been ongoing for a long time as parents are allowed to be with their children at the hospital and patients under end-of-life care are allowed to have family around. However, this is different during a pandemic as healthcare workers have to balance between family support and limiting virus exposure (Frampton et al, 2020).

To discuss my topic, I will use an article by Hart et al that was published in 2020 and is titled ‘Family-centered care during the covid_19 era’. This article discusses how family-centered care can be achieved during a pandemic. In the case of a pandemic like Covd_19, the best way to ensure public safety is by restricting the physical of people, especially those that are not sick, in hospitals. This means that family-centered care, which requires the family to be there to communicate with the caregivers on important matters regarding the patient, will be affected. The article provides strategies on how we can support family-centered care while at the same time maintaining physical distancing (Hart et al, 2020).

This article will be beneficial to my topic because it will help me understand how we can maintain patient and family engagement in healthcare even during a pandemic. Both family-centered care and safety during a pandemic are things that we cannot compromise. It is however a bit difficult to achieve both during a pandemic. However, with information from this article, we can be sure to keep the patient and their family safe while at the same time achieving family-centered care. These strategies will lead to long-term progress in delivering care that engages both the patient and their family.


Frampton, S., Agrawal, S., & Guastello, S. (2020, July). Guidelines for Family Presence Policies During the COVID-19 Pandemic. In JAMA Health Forum (Vol. 1, No. 7, pp. e200807-e200807). American Medical Association.

Hart, J. L., Turnbull, A. E., Oppenheim, I. M., & Courtright, K. R. (2020). Family-Centered Care During the COVID-19 Era. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management.

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