A patient with a serious illness in a hospital in the 1800s, in the 1960s, and today
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As a health care administrator, you will often do research on a topic to provide background information for decision making, committee work, or creating policies. It is often best practice to use a comparison table to lay out and visualize your research notations. For this week’s assignment you will complete a comparison table on hospital care across three time periods and analyze the similarities and differences of the different topics for each of the time periods in the table. You will summarize key findings for the topics and draw appropriate conclusions in a 2–3-page paper, with your comparative table in the appendix.
Imagine you are a patient with a serious illness in a hospital in the 1800s, in the 1960s, and today. Think about the room configurations, the skills of the nurses and other staff, the level and type of care, and how you would pay for the care, both now and in the previous centuries.
Using the Comparative Analysis Template [DOCX], write a 2–3 page paper about the similarities and differences in hospital care from the different time periods (1800s, 1960s, and today), as well as the conclusions you drew from your analysis. In addition, complete the Comparative Analysis Table: Hospital Care Evolution in the appendix of the assignment template.
Complete the following:
Use your textbook and at least two other resources included in What You Need to Know for this week or resources you find on your own to research how the hospital industry has evolved in terms of hospital environment, medical staff education, level of care in hospitals, and the payment systems. Use the History of Health Care Research tab in the Health Care Administration Undergraduate Library Research Guide to guide your research process.
You will need to reference a total of three scholarly sources in your paper.
Be sure to cite these references within the body of your paper correctly using APA style citations.
Complete the Comparative Analysis Table: Hospital Evolution, located in the appendix of the assignment template.
Provide two descriptive changes for each time period under each of the headings.
Add bullet points to each cell in the table to document the descriptive changes that you have found for each topic.
Document the source where you found the information for each cell in the table, using APA citation style.
Refer to the Comparative Analysis Assignment Exemplar [PDF] for an example of how to translate the information from the table into a written paper.
Note that the assignment exemplar is written about the evolution of physicians’ practices and not hospital care, which is the topic for this assignment.
Do not copy the exemplar text into your paper. You should submit original written work about the evolution of hospitals in your paper.
Write an introduction to the paper.
Include a brief explanation of the purpose of the paper and main ideas.
Reference significant trends that you noticed as appropriate.
Write the body of the paper.
Write the Hospital Care Evolution section in the assignment template, using the information from the Comparative Analysis Table you completed.
Describe your findings about each topic in the different time periods under each subtopic heading.
Explain the trends in hospital environment, medical staff education, level of care in hospitals, and the payment systems in a short paragraph (3–4 sentences) for each topic, using the subheadings provided in the assignment template.
Cite all references used within the body of your paper using APA style citations.
Write the Comparative Analysis section (1–2 paragraphs) in the assignment template.
Write a brief summary of your comparisons and analysis about the significance of the key changes from the different time periods.
Draw conclusions about how the hospital industry has evolved from the 1800s, to the 1960s, to today and about the significance of the key milestones from the different time periods.
Give specific examples of the impact on the quality of patient care during these time frames.
Write a conclusion paragraph where you summarize the main ideas included in the paper.
Explain why it is important to study the history of hospital care for your profession.
Your paper should be 2–3 pages, in addition to the title page, appendix, and reference page.
Double space your paper, and use Times New Roman, 12-point font, as indicated in the assignment template.
Use a minimum of three resources, including your textbook and other course resources.
Complete all parts of the assignment template, using the headings provided in the template.
Support all points with credible evidence, in the form of APA citations. Refer to Evidence and APA in the Capella Writing Center for help with using APA style.
Include a references page in APA format with appropriate citations.
Complete the Comparative Analysis Table: Hospital Evolution table in the appendix of the assignment template.
The purpose of this paper is to analyze and compare the evolution of hospital care across three time periods: the 1800s, the 1960s, and today. The analysis will focus on the key areas of hospital environment, medical staff education, level of care in hospitals, and payment systems. Through the research and analysis, this paper will aim to understand the significant changes and trends in the hospital industry over time and the impact on patient care.
In the 1800s, hospitals were typically overcrowded and unsanitary. Patients were often housed in large wards with little privacy. Many hospitals were also overcrowded with patients and staff, leading to poor hygiene and an increased risk of infection. (Source 1)
By the 1960s, hospitals had begun to improve in terms of sanitation and hygiene, but still had a lack of privacy for patients. Many hospitals were still overcrowded and had a lack of space for individual patient rooms. (Source 2)
Today, hospitals have greatly improved in terms of environment and sanitation. Patients have access to private rooms with their own bathrooms, and hospitals have implemented strict sanitation protocols to reduce the risk of infection. (Source 3)
Medical Staff Education:
In the 1800s, the education and training of medical staff were minimal. Many doctors and nurses were self-taught or had only a basic education in medicine. (Source 1)
By the 1960s, medical education had improved, with more formal training and education programs in place for doctors and nurses. However, the education and training of medical staff still varied greatly between hospitals and regions. (Source 2)
Today, medical staff must complete a formal education and training program before practicing in a hospital setting. The education and training of medical staff are standardized and regulated by accrediting bodies to ensure a high level of care for patients. (Source 3)
Level of Care in Hospitals:
In the 1800s, the level of care in hospitals was basic, with limited medical knowledge and technology available. Patients were primarily treated for acute illnesses and injuries. (Source 1)
By the 1960s, medical advancements had led to an increase in the level of care available in hospitals. Patients were able to receive more specialized and advanced treatments for a wider range of illnesses and injuries. (Source 2)
Today, hospitals offer a wide range of advanced medical treatments and technologies. Patients have access to specialized care and highly trained medical staff, leading to improved outcomes and a higher level of care. (Source 3)
In the 1800s, hospitals were primarily funded through charitable donations and were often free to patients. (Source 1)
By the 1960s, hospitals were beginning to shift towards a more structured payment system. Many hospitals were now privately owned and operated, and patients were required to pay for their care. (Source 2)
Today, hospitals have a complex payment system in place, with a combination of government funding, private insurance, and patient payments. This system has led to increased costs for patients and has become a significant issue in the healthcare industry. (Source 3)
The research and analysis have shown that the hospital industry has undergone significant changes and advancements over time, particularly in the areas of hospital environment, medical staff education, level of care in hospitals, and payment systems.
In the 1800s, hospitals were overcrowded, unsanitary, and provided a basic level of care. By the 1960s, hospitals had begun to improve in terms of sanitation and hygiene, and the level of care available in hospitals had increased due to medical advancements. However, the education and training of medical staff still varied greatly between hospitals