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Research utilization among medical and surgical nurses: a comparison of their self reports and perceptions of barriers and facilitators.

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Parahoo, Kader and McCaughan, Eilis (2001) Research utilization among medical and surgical nurses: a comparison of their self reports and perceptions of barriers and facilitators. Journal of Nursing Management, 9 (1). pp. 21-30. [Journal article]

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URL: http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/cgi-bin/fulltext/120710391/PDFSTART

DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2834.2001.00237.x

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Although the number of studies on research utilization is steadily growing, there are only a few specialty-specific studies. AIMS: This study focuses on medical and surgical nurses. It compares their reported use of research utilization and their perceptions of barriers and obstacles. METHODS: A convenient sample of 210 medical nurses and 269 surgical nurses, from 10 general hospitals in 14 Trusts in Northern Ireland (NI), was surveyed. RESULTS: The results showed that the reported extent of research utilization was high, with less than 10% in each group reporting never/seldom using research. The reported difference between the medical and surgical nurses was very small, with medical nurses reporting a slightly higher rate of utilization. However, this was not statistically significant at 5% level. CONCLUSIONS: The Barriers Scale (Funk et al. 1991a) used in this study to assess their perceptions of barriers and facilitators revealed a similar picture for both groups. The top two barriers were "Management will not allow implementation" and "The nurse does not feel she/he has enough authority to change patient care procedures". These findings, as well as the need to take research utilization studies further, are discussed.

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 > Managing Chronic Illness
ID Code:2203
Deposited By:Mrs Julie Cummins
Deposited On:08 Jan 2010 14:52
Last Modified:05 Mar 2012 12:06

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