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How do you know if research is useable to clinical practice?

How does a nurse know what (if any) knowledge in a research study is useable for clinical practice? What would a critical thinker look for in the evidence before deciding to change? What influence do credibility and significance have on your decisions to integrate research-based evidence into your practice?

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How does a nurse know what (if any) knowledge in a research study is useable for clinical practice?

A nurse know that knowledge in a research study is useable for clinical practice will ultimately depend on the areas of clinical practice that the nurse is involved in. For example, if a nurse is working in areas like wound care or prevention treatment, there will be many research data out there that will support wound care and prevention of treatment. The areas that are well researched in the nursing field are wound care, prevention, treatment and management of pressure sores, mouth care, pain control analgesia, care of urethral catheters, preoperative fasting and hand washing. If nurses are working in these areas, then doing research in these areas will greatly help them with their clinical practice. However, less research areas such as risk assessment and risk management, cognitive behavior therapy, family interventions, the prevention of aggression. There are less knowledge in these ...

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A nurse know that knowledge in a research study is useable for clinical practice will ultimately depend on the areas of clinical practice that the nurse is involved in. For example, if a nurse is working in areas like wound care or prevention treatment, there will be many research data out there that will support wound care and prevention of treatment.

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