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Swedish nurses' perception of nursing research and its implementation in clinical practice: A focus group study
Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Health Science.
2013 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences, ISSN 0283-9318, E-ISSN 1471-6712, Vol. 27, no 3, 525-533 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Nowadays, nursing research is seen as an integral part of professional nursing although implementing knowledge derived from nursing research into the practice setting is still problematic. Current research, conducted mainly with a descriptive quantitative design, highlights the struggle experienced by Registered Nurses (RNs) to use and implement research findings in clinical practice. Therefore, the aim of this naturalistic inquiry was to explore nurses' perception of nursing research and its implementation in a clinical context. Method and sample: A qualitative approach was chosen, and four focus group discussions were conducted. The groups comprised a total of 16 RNs (three men and 13 women) working in a secondary care setting. The transcribed texts were analysed, inspired by Burnard's description of content analysis. Findings: The texts were interpreted as representing three predominant themes: scholastic, individual and contextual influences highlighted as influential components impacting on the RNs' views on research and its implementation as well as on their readiness to accept and support it. However, the most influential aspect permeating our themes was their educational background - the type of qualification they held. In general, the RNs with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing viewed research and the implementation of knowledge in practice more favourably than those RNs with a diploma. Conclusion: Our findings, although based on a small qualitative study, are congruent with others, indicating that further research is warranted concerning the impact of education on RNs' views of nursing research and its implementation. Hence, it might well be that the RNs' educational point of departure needs to be stressed more than what so far have been anticipated. In the meanwhile, it is possible that a number of strategies could be tested to promote a more favourable view in these issues and where the nursing education has the possibility to influence this endeavour.

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Blackwell , 2013. Vol. 27, no 3, 525-533 p.
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Clinical practice, Evidence-based, Focus group interviews, Implementation, Nursing, Qualitative methods
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Nursing
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URN: urn:nbn:se:bth-6804DOI: 10.1111/j.1471-6712.2012.01058.xISI: 000321625800005Local ID: oai:bth.se:forskinfoFB64348C3DF439CFC1257B9B004A85FAOAI: oai:DiVA.org:bth-6804DiVA: diva2:834351
Available from: 2013-12-17 Created: 2013-07-01 Last updated: 2016-09-09Bibliographically approved

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