Research Foci


Research foci

OxINMAHR contributes to health and wellbeing through three main programs of research. All programs are underpinned by crucial principles and practices to reflect the values and mission of the Institute. The programs of research are: (i) Research to enhance patient safety and well-being; (ii) Research to enhance health equity and social justice; and, (iii) Research to promote health workforce resilience and sustainability.


Research to enhance patient safety and wellbeing - This program embraces the concepts of safety and well-being in their broadest sense and embraces mental health, spiritual, social, cultural, physical, and psychological safety.

This program includes:

  • research on nurse-sensitive and nursing quality indicators (ie: patient falls, IV infiltration rate, pressure ulcer prevalence, skin integrity, fluid balance issues, restraint prevalence, central line infection, hospital-acquired infections, urinary catheter infections, assault and other forms of violence in the clinical environment etc. and other relevant indicators).
  • Supportive-care research
  • Patient-experience focussed research
  • QOL research
  • Pain management, palliative care, early recognition and care of the deteriorating patient etc

Research to enhance health equity and social justice – This program aims to reduce health disparities. Health disparities refer to preventable factors that negatively affect health and illness, and are associated with factors such as poverty, environment, race/ethnicity, disability, and lack of access to health care.

This program includes:

  • Research into cultural aspects of health care
  • Research to enhance health literacy of vulnerable groups and populations
  • Patient education research
  • Research into migrant and refugee health
  • Research into health care issues of marginalised groups such as people in prison, long-term unemployed people and others affected by poverty/economic disadvantage etc

Research to promote health workforce resilience and sustainability - The most important thing that nursing, midwifery and allied health provide to the communities we serve is a sustainable, resilient, responsive and well-educated workforce, capable of meeting the needs of communities, families and individuals.

This program includes:

  • Research on issues such as educational innovation to enhance nursing, midwifery and health provider expertise
  • Research on models of care, best practice and strategies for optimising care delivery
  • Research into leadership and management in healthcare
  • Research into workforce resilience
  • Occupational health and safety research
  • Research into threats to the health workforce including issues such arising due to an aging workforce etc.