What and how … but where does the why fit in? The disconnection between practice and research evidence from the perspective of UK nurses involved in a qualitative study
Moore F., Tierney S.
© 2018 An emphasis has been placed on evidence during nurse training and practice over recent decades. A qualitative study was undertaken to explore the meaning of and involvement in evidence-based practice for recently qualified general nurses. A purposive sample of 11 general nurses was recruited. Semi-structured interviews were conducted between March–June 2017. All were audio-recorded and transcribed verbatim. Thematic analysis was applied to transcripts. An overarching theme of disconnection between research and evidence and the participants' perceptions of contemporary nursing practice was underpinned by three themes: 1) We should be using it … but we're not; 2) Leaving research behind at graduation; 3) Research is other people's business. Participants had been exposed to evidence-based practice during their training, but once qualified they appeared to move into a culture where this was not seen as a priority. Nurses on wards were unaware of research taking place locally and had limited contact with research staff in their organisation. Approaches to overcoming the disconnection between research/evidence and practice could include how it is introduced during training, and changes in nursing culture and leadership. This could include placements for student nurses within research teams.