Memorial Herman Business Research Applications Essay

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Being able to merge the resources of a variety of different specialists is one strength of the Memorial Herman approach. In the future, as the interrelationship between the body and the brain, and psychological disorders and overall functioning has become an accepted part of mainstream science: studies such as these will be even more important for research institutes. Memorial Herman is clearly on the cutting-edge of the field in this regard.

Because of its impressive outreach, the hospital is also able to draw upon a wide array of specific populations, as in the case of studies such as the "Evaluation of cardiovascular effects of smoking cessation in HIV-infected patients" (Bell 2009). Few other hospitals would be able to draw from a large amount of HIV-positive patients who were smokers and willing to participate in research studies. The study may prove beneficial to the research subjects as well as to the researchers, as all test subjects received free smoking cessation counseling.

One ethical consideration that always arises in research study is the need for research to be beneficial for the community being studied. It is not considered ethical, for example, although it may be legal, to study a low-income population with a drug that is too expensive for the majority of them to afford, for a medical condition that is not common in that population. This HIV study is an example of a mutually beneficial study. It is a reciprocal act of research, where knowledge is gained by the researchers, but the participants also gain as well. However, Memorial Herman does not specifically state that this is a goal of its overall research program. Although it has a FAQ section on the ethics of participation, it does not detail the ethics of community-based research.

The greater proportion of the research conducted by Memorial Herman involves acute or chronic conditions. For example, the neuroscience research center is currently conducting a pilot study investigating the safety and feasibility of treating stroke patients with caffeinol when subjecting patients to hypothermia. Caffeinol is hoped to improve the patient's tolerance of the practice of cooling the body, one method of treating stroke patients. However, as cutting-edge as its technologies may be, Memorial Herman could and should engage in more wellness promotion efforts. Strategies to encourage members of the community to engage in positive behaviors that are known to improve health outcomes, such as dietary modification and exercise, must occupy a more significant component of its research. Reducing the conditions such as obesity and hypertension that give rise to strokes in individuals is also important as treating stroke victims.

Community relations and wellness improvement are essential: currently, most of the events directed at the public involve prostate cancer screening and information about bariatric surgery. Screening may be important, but even more important is improving the daily lives and health of individuals that use the services of the hospital and those of the outer-lying community with currently inadequate access to healthcare. Wellness promotion and using research to construct effective strategies to foster wellness could be the focus of a new research institute or program by this already-impressive system.

References

About us. (2009). Memorial Hermann. Retrieved November 12, 2009 at http://www.memorialhermann.org/aboutus/

Bell, Tanvir. (2009). Evaluation of cardiovascular effects of smoking cessation in HIV-infected patients. Memorial Herman. Retrieved November 12, 2009 athttp://www.memorialhermann.org/locations/texasmedicalcenter/heartandvascularinstitute/content.aspx?id=5772

Frazier, Lorraine. (2009). Interactions among depressive symptoms and genetic influences on cardiac outcomes. Memorial Herman. Retrieved November 12, 2009

http://www.memorialhermann.org/locations/texasmedicalcenter/heartandvascularinstitute/content.aspx?id=5772

Memorial Hermann Heart & Vascular Institute-Texas Medical Center. Retrieved November 12,

2009 at http://www.memorialhermann.org/locations/texasmedicalcenter/heartandvascularinstitute/content.aspx?id=5772

Milewicz, Dianna. (2009). Genetic basis of vascular disease/TexGen research.

Project Memorial Herman. Retrieved November 12, 2009 at http://www.memorialhermann.org/locations/texasmedicalcenter/heartandvascularinstitute/content.aspx?id=5772

Neuroscience: Clinical Trials. (2009). Memorial Herman. Retrieved November 12, 2009 at http://www.memorialhermann.org/locations/texasmedicalcenter/mischerneuroscienceinstitute/content.aspx?id=3358

Privacy policy. (2009). Memorial Herman. Retrieved November 13, 2009 at http://www.memorialhermann.org/policiesandownership/content.aspx?id=2110

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References

About us. (2009). Memorial Hermann. Retrieved November 12, 2009 at http://www.memorialhermann.org/aboutus/

Bell, Tanvir. (2009). Evaluation of cardiovascular effects of smoking cessation in HIV-infected patients. Memorial Herman. Retrieved November 12, 2009 athttp://www.memorialhermann.org/locations/texasmedicalcenter/heartandvascularinstitute/content.aspx?id=5772

Frazier, Lorraine. (2009). Interactions among depressive symptoms and genetic influences on cardiac outcomes. Memorial Herman. Retrieved November 12, 2009

http://www.memorialhermann.org/locations/texasmedicalcenter/heartandvascularinstitute/content.aspx?id=5772

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