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Driving towards an improved research and development culture

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mcnicholl m. p., coates V. & dunne k.(2008) Journal of Nursing Management16, 344–351

Driving towards an improved research and development culture Background 

This study examined the research and development culture and capacity within one NHS Trust in Northern Ireland. Strengths and challenges were identified and opportunities for further research and development expansion were sought. Methods 

This is a two-stage project incorporating a baseline survey (n = 379) followed by consultation with key stakeholders across the Trust (n = 11). Findings 

In the survey, over half of the respondents (n = 194) stated they had participated in a research project and a significant number (n = 313) read health care journals. Identification of barriers to research resulted in findings similar to other published work. Staff responded positively about using research in practice (n = 328) and that practice should be influenced by research (n = 312). Nurse Managers indicated support for research and development activity. Conclusion 

The study provides a starting point from which to develop a positive research and development culture within this Trust. Implications for nursing management 

After establishing a baseline of research and development activity across a large acute Trust, the strengths and weaknesses of such activity were identified with a view to informing a strategy to develop this aspect of professional activity. A change in an organizational culture cannot be made without full support of both the clinicians and their managers.
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Keywords: managing R&D; research and development; research capacity; research culture

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Haemovigilance Practitioner, Western Health & Social Care Trust (formerly Research Nurse, Altnagelvin H H & S S Trust)*, Londonderry 2: Professor of Nursing Research, (Joint Appointment University of Ulster & Altnagelvin H H & S S Trust), University of Ulster, School of Nursing, Coleraine, Co Londonderry 3: Nurse Education Consultant, Educare, Altnagelvin Hospital, Londonderry, UK

Publication date: 2008-04-01

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