Likewise, this research will identify some of the issues pertinent to drugs given during peri-operative care from the perspective of the ODP. This provides alternative insights into patient care. Finally, this study contributes to the literature pertaining to ODP practise. This is necessary in view of the fact that since ODP is considered one of the newly developed careers in health care service, there are still minimal literatures regarding the domain (Pittaway 2004). As such, this research may help in elucidating the functions and roles of ODP in the operating theatre. 1.2. Rationale of the Research The primary motivation why I have decided to work on this particular issue because I believe that drug management in peri-operative care is vital for the success of the operation and when it is not handled appropriately it directly causes harm to the patient, even death (Wicker 2010). In this context, I believe that the role of ODP in terms of drug management should be carefully established and policy guided as handling of drugs is one of the core functions of ODP. In addition, as an operating department practitioner, I have seen the critical role of ODPractitioner in calming, explaining, clarifying, and allaying the fears of the patient to the entire operation process and to the medicines use in particular. In catering to the individual peri-operative care needs of the patient, the optimum environment for the surgery is given to the patient (Bamgbade 2002). As such, there is in effect moral responsibility for OD Practitioners to seek constantly in raising the standard of their practise because it is their moral, legal, and professional responsibility (Bewley 2007)...
Through these actions, patient empowerment is attained. The patients are vulnerated and the practitioner becomes an authentic companion of the patient. However, there are evident limitations of the study. First, there is limited information in which this claim is anchored. As such, there is a need for further research in this study to substantiate the findings of the research. Second, the study can benefit from the inclusion of quantitative or qualitative or mixed methodology to reach for the evidences that will substantiate the claims of research. Finally, it can serve as a seminal study on the contribution of OD practitioner in rendering personalise drug management for patients undergoing peri-operative care.
A Reflection. I have always perceived research methodology as something scholarly and abstracted. Its discipline is not something that is applicable only when one wants to publish a paper or to analyse an article. This report has shown me how inappropriate my understanding was. I have come to realise that it can be used in the job. It is not something that is abstracted and for the academe only.
I have seen that critical awareness resulting from the practise of analysing papers, of trying to find evidences for one’s claims and being objective and logical about one’s reasoning and arguments are harnessed by applying the principles of research methodology in the day- to-day completion of my function as an operating department practitioner.
In addition, through research methodology, I have seen that there are several approaches to knowledge and truth.