Applying research to practice: exploring the barriers

Hewitt-Taylor, J, Heaslip, VA ORCID: and Rowe, NE 2013, 'Applying research to practice: exploring the barriers' , British Journal of Nursing, 21 (6) , pp. 356-359.

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Nurses are not averse to applying research findings to their clinical practice; however, there appears to be a number of barriers to achieving this. Generally, barriers include lack of time and the need to provide more education surrounding the use of research. While these are both valid points, the authors suggest that perhaps the solution to the problem is looking at how research is 'sold' to practitioners. For example, the use of jargon in research is off-putting to many practitioners, which creates an impression that research is associated with academia, rather than a tool for practitioners. Also, there may be an unrealistic expectation of what 'using research' might mean. Research is seen as the pinnacle of evidence, and not a part of evidence-based practice. In this article, the authors propose that teaching and expectations of research should focus on the application of research to practice. Reviewing and critiquing of research should serve the purpose of helping to make decisions about its practical applications, rather than for academic use.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society
Journal or Publication Title: British Journal of Nursing
Publisher: Mark Allen Publishing
ISSN: 0966-0461
Depositing User: VA Heaslip
Date Deposited: 19 Oct 2022 11:16
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2022 11:16

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