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Systematic review
Review of research findings suggesting nurses overreport their use of research
  1. Susan Roberts1,
  2. Carolyn Jackson1,2,
  3. Jan Dewing3,4,5
  1. 1Department of Nursing and Applied Clinical Studies, Canterbury Christ Church University, Kent, UK
  2. 2University of Wollongong, NSW, Australia
  3. 3East Sussex Healthcare NHS trust, Canterbury Christchurch University, Kent, UK
  4. 4The Institute of Nursing Research, University of Ulster, Belfast, UK
  5. 5School of Nursing Midwifery and Indigenous Health, University of Wollongong, NSW, Australia
  1. Correspondence to Jan Dewing
    Department of Nursing, Canterbury Christchurch University, North Holmes Road, Bingley Court, Canterbury, Kent CT12SW, UK; jan.dewing{at}

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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.


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