Today, there are enormous opportunities to accelerate science designed to improve outcomes among chronically ill adults and their family caregivers and reduce total healthcare costs.
Transitions in Health and Healthcare
Research that focuses on transitions in health provides an opportunity to explore the dynamic interplay between the chronically ill person and a multitude of physical, psychological, social and behavioral domains across the health continuum. Transitions in health and healthcare are processes central to the nursing discipline. Understanding the nature and trajectory of health transitions is essential for nurses, who want to play a major role in health promotion, prevention of health problems. This understanding also provides effective management of people from all age and health ranges, as well as their caregivers. Carefully designed interventions during transitions present opportunities for maximal effect, thus producing optimal results.
Addressing the healthcare needs of adults with chronic illness risks and conditions in a person and family-centered, safe, effective, efficient, equitable and timely manner will be a major issue confronting all societies in the foreseeable future. The research initiatives of the NewCourtland Center emphasize the generation and use of knowledge related to all major transitions in health and health care among adults and across the continuum (early identification and intervention related to chronic illness risks to palliative and end of life care). The science generated by the Center emphasizes the unique contributions of nurses in solving these high priority health challenges.