Promoting healthy prescription filling behaviors in the elderly to prevent polypharmacy
The first step in the project is to identify a topic appropriate for a health promotion project. There are multiple areas to look for
acceptable projects, such as the Health People 2020 site, The Institute of Medicine, Centers for Disease Control (CDC),
National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR), Agency for Health Care Research and Quality (AHRQ). You may also want to
look at the websites for professional nursing organizations who may also have listings of health promotion priorities.
Once you are clear on the area of interest, narrow the topic to something that is specific and measureable. For example, if you
are interested in the care of the elderly, you may want to focus on a project to lessen the fall rate for the elderly.
Identified an appropriate goal for health promotion. 10 (Promoting healthy prescription filling behaviors in the elderly to
Developed or proposed a specific, narrow, and focused intervention to address the goal. 10
Provided an explanation of the importance of the project relative to the students’ future advanced practice role. (Family Nurse
Developed a plan to identify the needed data and information for creation of the project. 10
Complete a comprehensive review of the literature on your topic. The goal of the review of the literature is to better understand
the components of the health promotion problem identified. Begin with the selection and development of a theoretical
framework for the project. Based upon this framework, you can select literature and data from a variety of resources to help
explain the phenomena and to help identify potential interventions for the problem. Synthesize this information and utilize a
conceptual framework to help integrate all aspects of the plan into a workable project.