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Title: Research utilisation by nurses in general medical and surgical wards
Author: Rodgers, Sheila E.
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 2000
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There has been extensive speculation about the lack of research utilisation in nursing but little attempt to quantify this phenomenon outside of North America. The current demands for evidence-based practice necessitate research utilisation as one element of that process. The study reported in this thesis aimed to investigate the extent to which nurses utilise research and further, to identify factors that promote and those that hinder research utilisation. The study was limited to nurses working in general medical and surgical wards. The study comprised a survey on the extent of research utilisation and potential influencing factors, and follow up interviews to explore the effect of identified influencing factors on research utilisation. Seventy three percent (680/936) of the nurses returned questionnaires to measure the level of utilisation of 14 research-based practices and assess the presence of potential influencing factors. The total mean research utilisation score for all nurses across all 14 nursing practices suggests that on average, nurses had heard of, believed in and were beginning to use the practices. Several factors were significantly associated with research utilisation including completion of higher education, studying research, reading research-based journals, surgical rather than medical nursing, the organisational culture and management style, the promotion of accountable practice, a clear strategy for research at nursing management level, hospital size and nursing skill mix. These were further explored in the interviews. The discussion of the findings focuses on those that illuminate the influence of both the individual and the organisation on research utilisation and also consider the interaction between individual practitioners and the organisation.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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