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Why not nursing research? Reply to Rafferty, A.M. et al. Research in Nursing, Midwifery, and the allied health professions: Quantum leap required for quality research

Kelly, Daniel M. 2003. Why not nursing research? Reply to Rafferty, A.M. et al. Research in Nursing, Midwifery, and the allied health professions: Quantum leap required for quality research. British Medical Journal 326 (7394) , pp. 883-884.

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Abstract

It was heartening to read Rafferty, Traynor et al supporting the case for more research in nursing, midwifery and the allied health professions. (1) A recent survey of lead R&D nursing roles highlighted the gap between the expectations placed on these individuals, and the resources available to them to conduct meaningful research 'in the real world.' Achieving an evidence-led health service will rely on the availability of a new generation of researchers, from all diciplines, who can focus on the needs of the service as well as clinical science. The best medicine in the world is meaningless without innovative nursing and supportive care. Talented individuals need to be recruited into nursing and the allied professions in the knowledge that a career in health care research is a realistic option for them. At present this is not the case. Whilst the PPP Foundation and other benefactors are to be applauded for their current support, should not the Government be matching such funds? This would effectively double the number of trained researchers who understand the service and the needs of those using it, as well as the barriers facing those trying to improve it.

Item Type: Article
Status: Published
Schools: Healthcare Sciences
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
R Medicine > RT Nursing
Additional Information: Research in nursing, midwifery, and the allied health professions BMJ 2003; 326 doi: 10.1136/bmj.326.7394.833.
Publisher: BMJ
ISSN: 0267-0623
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 02:53
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/13381

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