Practice question

How can nurses and carers get involved in research?

By continually refreshing their knowledge through research, nursing and care staff can enhance patient outcomes

By continually refreshing their knowledge through research, nursing and care staff can enhance patient outcomes

Research is a systematic and rigorous way of collecting and analysing data, and presenting the process and its outcomes to others.

This is in contrast to nursing’s tradition of using intuition and reflective practice. Traditional knowledge, although an important source of information, must be kept up to date. What was relevant a decade ago may not be now ( Parahoo 2014 ).

Patients admitted to research-active organisations have more confidence

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