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Br J Community Nurs. 2016 Aug 2;21(8):392-8. doi: 10.12968/bjcn.2016.21.8.392.

Exploring the barriers to and facilitators of implementing research into practice.

Author information

1
Florence Nightingale Foundation, Professor of Clinical Nursing Practice Research, University of Glasgow.
2
Senior Research Fellow, University of Nottingham.
3
Research Fellow, University of Nottingham.
4
Senior Community Macmillan Clinical Nurse Specialist, Nottingham CityCare Partnership CIC.
5
Community Macmillan Clinical Nurse Specialist, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.
6
Director of Nursing and Allied Health Professionals, Nottingham CityCare Partnership CIC.
7
Lecturer in Nursing, University of York.

Abstract

District and community nursing roles have changed rapidly in recent years. Community nurses are increasingly being tasked with carrying out multiple roles, which require them to put research into practice and use evidence-based tools and interventions. The implementation of interventions and tools needs to be developed from empirical research, requiring evidence, to be translated into practice. However, this process may be compromised or enhanced by a number of factors. This exploratory, descriptive qualitative study sought to identify barriers and facilitators to community nurses implementing research into practice. Four focus groups were conducted with registered community nurses and district nurses (n=22). Analysis identified four main themes: keeping up to date with evidence; using a clinical tool; education/training and implementation. Findings suggest that there are barriers at a personal, professional and organisational level. Strategies are suggested to overcome these obstacles.

KEYWORDS:

barriers; community nursing; evidence-based practice; facilitators; focus groups

PMID:
27479853
DOI:
10.12968/bjcn.2016.21.8.392
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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