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Issues Ment Health Nurs. 2005 Nov;26(9):921-33.

Changing the culture of mental health nursing: the contribution of nursing clinical development units.

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Centre for Psychiatric Nursing Research and Practice, School of Nursing, The University of Melbourne, Carlton, Australia.


The reluctance of nurses to utilise research findings in their practice has been extensively discussed in the literature. Nursing Clinical Development Units (NCDU) represent one approach to facilitating a greater interaction between research and nursing practice. This paper presents the results of an impact evaluation of an NCDU program operating in Victoria, Australia. In-depth interviews were conducted with participants in the NCDU program (n = 14). The findings suggest an increase in accessing and ultilising research by nurses since the introduction of the program, with an increased focus on evidence-based practice.

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