Review of research findings suggesting nurses overreport their use of research
- 1Department of Nursing and Applied Clinical Studies, Canterbury Christ Church University, Kent, UK
- 2University of Wollongong, NSW, Australia
- 3East Sussex Healthcare NHS trust, Canterbury Christchurch University, Kent, UK
- 4The Institute of Nursing Research, University of Ulster, Belfast, UK
- 5School of Nursing Midwifery and Indigenous Health, University of Wollongong, NSW, Australia
- Correspondence to Jan Dewing
Department of Nursing, Canterbury Christchurch University, North Holmes Road, Bingley Court, Canterbury, Kent CT12SW, UK;
Implications for practice and research
■ The authors suggest nurses may have been overreporting the use of research in their practice thus implying evidence-based practice is not advancing as rapidly as desired.
■ Its appears nurses in leadership positions make more use of research than staff nurses.
■ Standardised measures in research are needed to assess how much research and the quality of research is used by nurses and its impact on patient care outcomes.
■ Research of this type needs more rigorous methodologies and methods.
It is assumed that nursing care based upon research evidence will lead to better outcomes for patients. A research-practice gap has been identified and it may take years for evidence to be incorporated into practice. This paper examines the extent to which nurses use research in clinical practice.
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