25th Mar 2011

To what extent do nurses use research in clinical practice?

The systematic review states that nurses report moderate to high use of research to inform their practice, but this usage has not changed significantly in the last 40 years.

The authors note that there is "a clear need for the development of standard measures of research use and robust well-designed studies examining nurses' use of research and its impact on patient outcomes."

They end by saying that the "relatively unchanged self-reports of moderate-high research use by nurses is troubling given that over 40 years have elapsed since the first studies in this review were conducted and the increasing emphasis in the past 15 years on evidence-based practice. More troubling is the absence of studies in which attempts are made to assess the effects of varying levels of research use on patient outcomes."

To read the abstract follow the website link to the right of this page.

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