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Brian Webster-Henderson: Remove the barriers to nurse research

Nurses and allied health professionals are far less likely than doctors or pharmacists to focus on research, but this needs to change, says the chair of the Council of Deans of Health. 

Nurses and allied health professionals are far less likely than doctors or pharmacists to focus on research, but this needs to change, says the chair of the Council of Deans of Health

Research led by nurses, midwives and allied health professionals results in older people falling less, fewer infections in hospital, better rehabilitation for stroke survivors, improved rates of return to work after illness, improved maternity services and better mental healthcare. Statistics on research excellence speak for themselves: 81% of research that includes nurses, midwives and allied health professionals is rated as either world leading (31%) or internationally excellent (50%), bettering the national average relative to other subjects by 5%.

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Although our disciplines are rated high in the Research Excellence Framework – the system for assessing the quality of research in higher education – the support for nurses,

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