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Research use in the care of older people: a survey among healthcare staff
Karolinska Institutet.
2006 (English)In: International Journal of Older People Nursing, ISSN 1748-3735, Vol. 1, no 3, 131-40 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Background.  Sweden has one of the largest proportions of older people in the world. To manage the healthcare needs of an aging population, there has been an alteration from hospital care to community-based care. In these settings, the majority of staff is enrolled nurses (EN) and nurse aides (NA) without university education. Aim and design.  The overall aim of this cross-sectional survey was to explore staff perceptions of factors related to research utilization in the care of older people. Method.  Questionnaires covering research utilization and demographics were sent to all staff (n = 132) working in seven units in older people care. The response rate was 67% (n = 89). The respondents consisted of ENs/NAs (n = 63), Registered Nurses (RN) and rehabilitation professionals (RP) as physiotherapists and occupational therapists (RN/RP n = 26). Results.  Most of staff reported positive attitudes towards research. The RNs/RPs stated more often than the ENs/NAs that they wanted to base their practice on research (81% vs. 25%; P = 0.001). The RNs/RPs also reported a greater extent of research use in daily practice (54% vs. 17%; P = 0.001). Support from colleagues (77% vs. 22%; P < 0.001) and unit managers (73% vs. 10%; P < 0.001) for implementing research findings was also more frequently reported by the RNs/RPs compared with the ENs/NAs. The majority of the ENs/NAs stated Do not know on many items concerning attitudes towards research, support for research utilization and actual use of research. Conclusions.  Despite overall positive attitudes towards research, the majority of staff did not use research findings in daily practice. This was particularly valid for the EN/NA group. Relevance to clinical practice.  There is an urgent need for managers and others in the care of older people to develop strategies for implementing evidence-based practice that involves the EN/NA group.

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2006. Vol. 1, no 3, 131-40 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:du-12883DOI: 10.1111/j.1748-3743.2006.00014.xPubMedID: 20925741OAI: oai:DiVA.org:du-12883DiVA: diva2:645128
Available from: 2013-09-03 Created: 2013-09-02 Last updated: 2013-09-03Bibliographically approved

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