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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.
A systematic review of published and grey literature. Thirteen online databases were searched …
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