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Nurses’ perspective of the research-practice gap in nursing

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Clara Agbedia, Ijeoma Okoronkwo, E. Onokayeigho, Mary Ann Agbo


Department of Nursing Science, Delta State University, Abraka, Nigeria.
Department of Nursing Science, University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus, Enugu State, Nigeria.


This work aims to explore the views of Nigerian nurses on research-practice gap in the clinical practice and the challenges in the utilization of nursing research. The results from in-depth interview and focus group discussion demonstrated that a research-practice gap existed in the clinical setting. The nurses generally did not utilize research findings in their practice. Some useful suggestions were recommended to solve the problem.


Nursing; Theory; Research; Practice; Research Utilization

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Agbedia, C. , Okoronkwo, I. , Onokayeigho, E. and Agbo, M. (2014) Nurses’ perspective of the research-practice gap in nursing. Open Journal of Nursing, 4, 95-100. doi: 10.4236/ojn.2014.42013.

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