Effectiveness of educational interventions on the research literacy of post-registration nurses: a systematic review protocol

Sonia Hines, Joanne Ramsbotham, Fiona Coyer

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    Abstract

    No single accepted definition of research literacy for the health sciences has been found to exist, despite extensive searching. For the purposes of this review we propose that research literacy should be defined as “understanding research language and its application to practice” which has been found in use in the complementary therapies literature. This definition encompasses the reading and understanding implicit in the term “literacy” and the specific functional application required when examining research literacy in particular.

    Comparatively few nurses will conduct research during their careers, but the ability to read, understand and utilize research is needed by all nurses. No current systematic review of this topic has been identified after searching across all major health science databases and Google Scholar. The current research reports conflicting results on the effectiveness of interventions to improve nurses' research literacy and/or knowledge, which points to the importance of conducting a systematic review of this evidence.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)90-101
    Number of pages12
    JournalJBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports
    Volume12
    Issue number9
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Sep 2014

    Keywords

    • nursing
    • nurse education
    • research education
    • research literacy

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