In this lesson, we are delving into the components of a healthcare system. Our U.S. healthcare system is one of the most complex and expensive in the world, and meaningful change is needed. Perhaps you will try to change our entire healthcare system, but most likely you will be involved in bringing about change in your part of our healthcare system and in making your part of the healthcare world a better place. In support of this, your textbook readings set the stage for why and how healthcare organizations need to change and the first steps in employing strategic intelligence to get result. Describe what you like best about our U.S. healthcare system, what you like least, what three things you would change, and how you see yourself contributing toward these changes.

Unit I Literature Review


You are required to complete a research paper for this course, which is due in Unit VII. The research paper is a significant portion of your grade, so you should consider it a very important activity. The final research paper must be a minimum of six to eight pages in length, including at least the following sections (you may want to include others if you deem them appropriate):

1. Introduction

2. Challenges and Problems (associated with your topic)

3. Review of the Literature

4. Critical Analysis of Challenges/Problems

5. Recommended Solutions

6. Implementation of Solutions

7. Conclusion

8. References

The topic for the research paper must relate to this course. Some possible titles for your consideration include:

 Components of the U.S. Healthcare System

 Commonalities and Differences Between Health Services Organizations

 Effective Leadership Strategies Used by Healthcare Leaders

 Managing Conflict in a Healthcare Organization

 Concepts and Strategies with Negotiation

 Strategies for Increasing Employee Motivation

 Effective Organizational Structure in a Specific (your choice) Health Service Organization

 The Role of Strategic Alliances in Health Care

 The Importance of Having a Culture of a Learning Organization in Health Care

 Approaches for Quality Improvement in Health Care

 Strategies to Achieve a Successful Healthcare Organization

If you do not find a course project topic of particular interest on this list, you are permitted to propose your own topic for approval. You are encouraged to use personal examples and focus your paper on a topic that will help you at work or help you personally.

For this assignment, you will select a topic for your research paper and conduct a literature review on your chosen topic. You must include at least five outside sources for your research paper, beyond the course textbook. Web resources and professional journal articles will be key sources in researching your topic. APA 6th edition formatting is required. Each scholarly reference should be summarized in one paragraph. Your assignment is to select a topic for your Final Paper. Submit a Word document indicating which topic you have chosen, why it interests you, and how the concepts will help you as a healthcare leader.

Your paper should be a minimum of two pages in length. All sources used, including the textbook, must be referenced; paraphrased and quoted material must have accompanying citations per APA guidelines.