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J Nurs Care Qual. 2019 Jul/Sep;34(3):E7-E11. doi: 10.1097/NCQ.0000000000000371.

Barriers to Integrating Research Into Clinical Nursing Practice.

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Community Health Nursing Department, Faculty of Nursing (Drs Aljezawi and ALBashtawy), Department of Adult Health Nursing, School of Nursing (Drs Al Qadire and Tawalbeh), and Faculty of Nursing (Dr Aloush), Al al-Bayt University, Mafraq, Jordan; Healthcare Information Technology Affairs-HITA, King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Center (General Org), Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (Mr Alhajjy); and King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Centre, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (Ms Alamery).



Using research findings in clinical practice is a cornerstone in improving the quality of care, but nurses face different barriers in doing so.


The purpose was to explore barriers to research utilization in clinical practice as perceived by nurses.


A cross-sectional survey was done using a convenience sampling method in a single specialist hospital in Saudi Arabia. The Barriers to Research Utilization questionnaire was used to collect data.


The mean overall score (out of 4) for the Barriers questionnaire was 2.67 (SD = 0.47). The 3 most reported barriers were lack of time, physician cooperation, and other staff support. Nurses working in pediatric and maternity units reported more barriers.


Clinical setting factors are those most perceived by nurses as barriers to integrating research into practice. Reforms in the clinical areas should take place to overcome these barriers.

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