The Interdisciplinary Nursing Quality Research Initiative

Introduction

Highlights from the Interdisciplinary Nursing Quality Research Initiative (INQRI) program detail nursing’s contribution to improving the quality of health care delivered.

This special edition of Medical Care focuses on the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Interdisciplinary Nursing Quality Research Initiative (INQRI) created in 2005 to generate, disseminate, and translate research on how nurses contribute to and can improve patient care quality.

The articles presented in this issue demonstrate that the program helped improve the rigor of research methodology, built a solid base of evidence showing links between nursing care and patient outcomes, and helped increase interdisciplinary research and practice. It also identified significant challenges for researchers exploring the ways nursing contributes to improved care.

The issue covers the following topics:

  1. A literature review of papers (pre-INQRI and post) that address nursing and quality of patient care shows an increased number of high-quality research studies have been published with stronger interdisciplinary components.
  2. Measuring the quality of nursing care, strategies to address gaps in measurement and recommendations, including for standardized practical measures that could be integrated into electronic health records at the point of care.
  3. INQRI’s focus on interdisciplinary teams (a nurse scholar and a scholar from another discipline) to increase the rigor of studies and strengthen the probability that results could be used to improve health care delivered by nurses.
  4. INQRI projects as exemplars of transdisciplinary research and barriers and facilitators to designing and conducting such research.
  5. INQRI’s commitment to translating research into practice, illustrating dissemination strategies, lessons learned, and areas for methodological advances.
  6. The business case for nursing and how the INQRI program contributes to evidence-based innovations.