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The role of intermediaries: getting evidence into practice

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research utilization, nursing

Abstract (summary)

Ehrenberg and Estabrooks' assertion that using research does matter began this series of articles on research utilization (RU) in practice. RU with due consideration of patient preferences, clinical judgment, and available resources can contribute to positive patient outcomes. For many reasons, however, the use of research in nursing practice is limited. We now know that passive diffusion of research has had a limited effect on the use of research to improve patient outcomes. We need better understanding of factors in the practice setting that support research use. Nurses have consistently reported lack of time, lack of access to research, and lack of skill in critiquing research as their main barriers to greater RU. The identification of RU as a social process, coupled with research that demonstrates nurses prefer social mediums over other knowledge sources, suggests that intermediaries may be a necessary link to greater research use. The authors discuss the role of intermediaries and their ability to influence the use of research in clinical practice. They highlight some important points to consider from the literature and suggest strategies that enhance RU within the context of the intermediary role.

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Ferguson, L., Milner, M., & Snelgrove-Clarke, E. (2004). The role of intermediaries: Getting evidence into practice. Journal of Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing, 31(6), 325-327.



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