The following statements constitute general research principles, which staff and collaborative partners can be guided by for engaging in research:
- Minimise/prevent harm caused to patients while under hospital care#
- Improve health of patients
- Ensure timely access to healthcare
- Support and promote value-based* healthcare
- Improve patient-related experience and outcome measures
- Reduce burden of disease and address issues that are of greatest population health need
- Develop and support our people and culture
These principles reflect key areas against which LHD performance is measured and align with the fundamental notion of excellence in delivering timely, high quality and safe healthcare. It is highly encouraged that research conducted in the LHD align with at least one of these principles.
#The proportion of Australian hospital admissions with an adverse event (i.e. a hospital acquired complication) remains higher than desired (7 per 100 separations for NSW public hospitals in 2016-17; Productivity Commission, Report on Government Services: Chapter 12 Public Hospitals, Australian Government Productivity Commission, Editor 2017: Canberra).
*Value broadly refers to improving health outcomes, and experience, effectiveness and efficiency of care.