The importance of publishing health-related research findings

  • Valerie J Ehlers University of South Africa


When Florence Nightingale arrived at Scutari Military Hospital, the death rate was 42%. She instituted good nursing care, promoted cleanliness, and provided good food. Within six months, the death rate dropped to 2.2%, a formidable accomplishment prior to the availability of antibiotics.1 Florence Nightingale kept accurate statistics, and displayed these in graphs and tables in local and military newspapers.Florence Nightingale’s publications about her work, substantiated by accurate statistics, saved many soldiers’ lives and changed the world’s perceptions.

Author Biography

Valerie J Ehlers, University of South Africa
D Litt et Phil Professor Department of Health Studies University of South Africa
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