This paper suggests that the goal of nursing research in Northern Ireland should be to carry out rigorous, systematic inquiry designed to make significant contributions to knowledge. Such knowledge should impact positively on the physical, mental and social well-being of the population. There are, however, contrasting views about the content and direction of nursing research and how nursing can contribute to and influence the wider reasearch and development (R&D) agenda. These and other perspectives will be examined. It is the authors' contention that nursing has a series of key roles to play in health service research at strategic and operational levels. It will be argued that while research policy is framed by government, it should retain the flexibility to allow for projects that focus on issues and phenomena that are predominantly the concern of the nursing profession. In order to do this the profession should use the influence it has to make a worthwhile contribution to patient care.
Bibliographical noteReference text: Alexander, M., Orton, H. (1988) Research in action.
Nursing Times 88, 438-:41.
Beasley C. (1997)Taking research and development
forward: Whythe profession must be involved.
Nursing Times Research 214:7-214,9.
Brooker, C. (1998) Proceedings of the NTResearch
Symposium for evidence-based practice.
Nursing Times Research 3: 1, 8-11.
Cancer Research Campaign (1992) Evidence to the
Taskforce on the Strategy for Research in
Nursing Midwiferyand Health Visiting. London:
Culyer, A.J. (1996) Taking advantage of the new
environment for research and development. In:
Baker, M. Kirk, S. (eds). Research and
Development for the NHS. Oxford: Radcliffe
Davies, S. (1997) Research development: How
nurses can take a central role. Nursing Times
Research 228:- 219,.
Department of Health (1991) Research for Health:
A research and development strategy. London:
Department of Health (1993) Report of the Task
Force on Strategy for Research in Nursing,
Midwiferyand Health Visiting. London: HMSO.
Department of Health Research and Development
Task Force (1994) Supporting Research and
Development in the National Health Service.
(Culyer report.) London: HMSO.
Department of Health (1997) The New NHS:
Modern, dependable. London: HMSO.
Department of Health and Social Services (1996).
Report on R&D in Northern Ireland (Russell
Report.) Belfast: DHSS.
Health and Social Services Executive/DHSS (1997)
NewArrangements for Support of Research and
Development Activity in the Health and
Personal Social Services in Northern Ireland.
Belfast: HSS Executive/DHSS.
Malby, R. (1996) Research and development in
nursing and professions allied to medicine. In:
Baker, M., Kirk, S. (eds). Research and
Development forthe NHS. London: NAHAT.
McKenna, H.P. (1995) Application and
dissemination of research findings. British
J 4 o2u1r,n a1l 2o5:f7 -N1ur2s6i3n.g
McKenna, H.P. (1997) Nursing Theories and
Models. London: Routledge.
McLoughlin, C. (1996) Purchasing R&D in nursing:
Its role in the shared agenda to improve the
NHS. Nursing Times Research 1: 6, 409-411.
Mead, D., Moseley, L, Cook, R. (1997). The
performance of nursing in the research stakes:
Lessons from the field. Nursing Times Research
Moores, Y. (1996) The research agenda: Change,
challenge, opportunity. Nursing Times Research
Mulhall, A. (1998) Nursing, research and the
evidence. Evidence Based Nursing 14: -16,.
NHS Executive (1997) R&D in Primary Care.
Working Group Repart. Wetherby: DoH.
Pearson, A. (1998) Excellence in care: Future
dimensions for effective nursing. Nursing Times
Research 32:5 -217,.
Rafferty, A.M., Traynor, M. (1997) Quality and
quantity in research policy in nursing. Nursing
T 2i1m:e6s -Re2s1e7ar,.ch
Royal College of Nursing (1997) The Nursing
Professions’ R&D Priority Setting Initiative.
Stevens, J. (1997) Improving integration between
research and practice as a means of developing
evidence-based health care. Nursing Times
Research 210, 7:-15.
Traynor, M., Rafferty, A.M. (1997) The NHS R&D
Context for Nursing Research:A working paper.
London: Centre for Policy in Nursing Research.
World Health Organisation (1991) From Research
to Decision-Making. Case studies on the use of health systems research. Geneva: WHO.
- Nursing research
- Research policy
- research strategy
- Nursing contribution to
- Nursing influence
- on R&D