Global Policy Reform and Impact on Patient Care

Despite the development of technologies, considerable investments, multiple pieces of research, and the general improvement of the quality of life in a substantial number of countries, health care issues currently remain highly disturbing all over the world. In their article, Berwick, et al. (2018) address the problem of the poor quality of medical treatment in the health care industry. According to the authors, “the quality of health care in every country is much worse than it should be” (Berwick, et al., 2018. p. 1317). In general, there is a wide range of health care issues that negatively affect successful health care delivery. They traditionally include the people’s disrespect in relation to the system of health care, the professionals’ preventable mistakes that cause harm to patients, and ineffective or incorrect treatment (Berwick, et al., 2018). Moreover, the developing countries with low and middle-income experience a more considerable burden of inappropriate health care quality in comparison with more safe developed states.

At the same time, the exact outcomes of inappropriate health care quality in poor countries are almost impossible to evaluate due to a lack of essential data and standard metrics and insufficient research dedicated to quality interventions (Berwick, et al., 2018). However, general mortality rates due to improper treatment are highly disturbing. Recent studies suggest that “globally between 5.7 and 8.4 million people die every year from poor-quality care” in poor developing countries (Berwick, et al., 2018. p. 1317). The International Council of Nurses, the World Health Organization, and UNICEF combine their efforts in order to develop strategies that will help to facilitate access to medical aid worldwide.

As a matter of fact, registered nurses play a highly essential role in the health care system. Nurse practitioners work in multiple countries in need, provide health care delivery, educate people concerning fertility, sexually transmitted diseases, nutrition, or contraception, and help to reduce mortality rates. As they provide medical assistance, even in the areas where the scope of their practice is limited, their decision-making should be accurate and informed. First of all, nurses should understand the concepts of health and illness from various cultural perspectives for the efficient implementation of health care strategies to improve its delivery. In addition, the cooperation of all health care providers is highly essential as it helps to reduce and prevent errors and avoid misunderstanding.

It goes without saying that the course’s content may be regarded as immeasurably significant for every student as it provides the basis for the deeper investigation of the discipline of nursing in the future. The knowledge received during the course include the following:

  1. Patients’ health should be regarded as a priority for a competent nurse practitioner.
  2. Nursing practice should be executed of the ethical principles of beneficence, the privacy of personal data, veracity, nonmaleficence, and the right to knowledge.
  3. Patients’ needs, personal and cultural peculiarities, values, and religion are highly essential for the establishment of solid relationships on the basis of mutual trust and respect.
  4. Nursing leadership is an essential component of effective nursing practice in any medical setting that may initiate positive changes in health care policies.
  5. The development and implementation of information technologies and electronic systems in the health care industry may substantively contribute to the prevention of medical errors.
  6. Information technologies are not limited by the system of a medical setting. In the present day, mobile applications designed for health care providers help to execute effective nursing practice at any time and from any place.


Berwick, D., Snair, M., & Nishtar, S. (2018). Crossing the global health care quality chasm: A key component of universal health coverage. Journal of American Medical Association, 320(13), 1317-1318.

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