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Barriers to evidence based practice in primary care: a review of the literature

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McKenna, Hugh, Ashton, Susan and Keeney, Sinead (2004) Barriers to evidence based practice in primary care: a review of the literature. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 41 (4). pp. 369-378. [Journal article]

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DOI: 10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2003.10.008


People with health problems deserve a service that is based on best available evidence and is possible within obtainable resources. No credible health professional could deny that sound evidence should be an integral part of clinical decision making. The demand for up to date information to inform care and treatment highlights the crucial role of research and development in the modern health service. However, within primary care, practitioners have not always been able to underpin their actions with robust research findings. In addition, the research activities within primary care are limited to a small number of 'enthusiasts'. This paper aims to analyse the literature surrounding this area, highlighting the significance of United Kingdom (UK) government reports on primary care, primary care research activities and the pursuit of evidence based practice in primary care. It shows that primary care research has been the 'poor relation' in terms of research funding and this has resulted is a dearth of high quality research results to underpin practice.

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Nursing
Research Institutes and Groups:Institute of Nursing and Health Research
Institute of Nursing and Health Research > Health Promotion and Adolescent Health
Psychology Research Institute > The Bamford Centre for Mental Health and Wellbeing
ID Code:15071
Deposited By:Dr Sinead Keeney
Deposited On:10 Sep 2010 12:54
Last Modified:15 Apr 2014 11:42

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