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Translating research findings to clinical nursing practice

Curtis, Kate, Fry, Margaret, Shaban, Ramon Z. and Considine, Julie 2016, Translating research findings to clinical nursing practice, Journal of clinical nursing, Early view, pp. 1-11, doi: 10.1111/jocn.13586.

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Title Translating research findings to clinical nursing practice
Author(s) Curtis, Kate
Fry, Margaret
Shaban, Ramon Z.
Considine, Julie
Journal name Journal of clinical nursing
Season Early view
Start page 1
End page 11
Total pages 11
Publisher Wiley
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2016-09-20
ISSN 1365-2702
Keyword(s) behaviour change
clinical practice
evidence based
evidence informed
implementation science
knowledge translation
Summary AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: To describe the importance of, and methods for, successfully conducting and translating research into clinical practice.

BACKGROUND: There is universal acknowledgement that the clinical care provided to individuals should be informed on the best available evidence. Knowledge and evidence derived from robust scholarly methods should drive our clinical practice, decisions and change to improve the way we deliver care. Translating research evidence to clinical practice is essential to safe, transparent, effective and efficient healthcare provision and meeting the expectations of patients, families and society. Despite its importance, translating research into clinical practice is challenging. There are more nurses in the frontline of health care than any other healthcare profession. As such, nurse-led research is increasingly recognised as a critical pathway to practical and effective ways of improving patient outcomes. However, there are well-established barriers to the conduct and translation of research evidence into practice.

DESIGN: This clinical practice discussion paper interprets the knowledge translation literature for clinicians interested in translating research into practice.

METHODS: This paper is informed by the scientific literature around knowledge translation, implementation science and clinician behaviour change, and presented from the nurse clinician perspective. We provide practical, evidence-informed suggestions to overcome the barriers and facilitate enablers of knowledge translation. Examples of nurse-led research incorporating the principles of knowledge translation in their study design that have resulted in improvements in patient outcomes are presented in conjunction with supporting evidence.

CONCLUSIONS: Translation should be considered in research design, including the end users and an evaluation of the research implementation. The success of research implementation in health care is dependent on clinician/consumer behaviour change and it is critical that implementation strategy includes this.

RELEVANCE TO PRACTICE: Translating best research evidence can make for a more transparent and sustainable healthcare service, to which nurses are central.
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/jocn.13586
Field of Research 111003 Clinical Nursing: Secondary (Acute Care)
1110 Nursing
1701 Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 920210 Nursing
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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