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Facilitation of Child Health Research in hospital settings; The views of nurses

Brown, Julie, Barr, Owen, Lindsay, Mary, Ennis, Edel and O'Neill, Siobhan (2018) Facilitation of Child Health Research in hospital settings; The views of nurses. Journal of Clinical Nursing, n/a . pp. 1-11. [Journal article]

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DOI: 10.1111/jocn.14079


Background: Child health research in clinical practice is increasing throughout the UK. Nurses and midwives facilitate access to patients, enact research study protocols and have a critical role in parental decisions to enrol children into research studies. Little is known about their perception of this process. Aims & Objectives: To explore the views of nurses towards child health research and to identify factors influencing their willingness to facilitate it in practice. Design: This study was a descriptive study design. Methods: A newly designed questionnaire was completed in 2013 by 105 nurses in 3 neonatal and 2 children’s units in 2 discrete acute hospital sites. Results: Overwhelming support for clinical research was reported. Participants were motivated to facilitate research in order to improve patient care and contribute to the evidence base; but discouraged by external organisational factors and ethical concerns. Training, education and a dedicated team to support research were considered important. Misconceptions regarding consent and the allocation of treatment were reported. Participants raised particular concerns about trials of Investigational Medicinal Product (IMP). Conclusion: Negative views of nurses towards research, combined with a lack of knowledge of research processes, governance and ethics have the potential to threaten the success of clinical research studies. Recommendations for clinical practice focus on three main areas; staff education, improved communication and the demonstration of managerial commitment to clinical research.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:nurses, research
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Nursing
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Psychology
Research Institutes and Groups:Psychology Research Institute > Psychotraumatology, Mental Health & Suicidal Behaviour
Institute of Nursing and Health Research
Psychology Research Institute
Institute of Nursing and Health Research > Centre for Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
ID Code:38972
Deposited By: Dr Edel Ennis
Deposited On:15 Feb 2018 16:02
Last Modified:25 Jan 2019 23:23

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