Following an information-giving workshop to senior nurses within the hospital by the Research Nurse Group, a research-practice gap was identified. To ascertain the extent of this, a survey with an explanatory letter was distributed to all qualified nurses within the Trust. Although initially the response rate was thought to be low, it compared favourably to other studies. Results showed that 45% of respondents did not feel confident to undertake a research project but more than 80% felt that research was a part of their clinical role and was relevant to nursing. Three-quarters of respondents also acknowledged that they had read a paper resulting in a change in their clinical practice. When asked about skills and resources, 29% did not know how to conduct a literature search and 39% were unable to critically appraise a paper. Furthermore, 62% did not know what resources were available when considering a research project of their own. It was concluded therefore, that the research-practice gap does exist and nurses need encouragement and support in the implementation of the research process. In view of these conclusions, an action plan was developed.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||International Journal of Orthopaedic and Trauma Nursing|
|Publication status||Published - Nov 2005|