Title

Barriers and facilitators of utilizing research among nurses in Nepal

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

4-1-2016

Abstract

Background: This study determined the perceived barriers to and facilitators of Nepalese nurses in utilizing research in the workplace. Evidence-based nursing practice provides the synergy for high-quality patient care, but it does not seem to be the case in underdeveloped countries, such as Nepal. Method: A descriptive, cross-sectional study involving 97 nurses from Nepal was conducted. Data were collected using the BARRIERS Scale and a facilitator questionnaire. Results: The top three barriers to research utilization in Nepalese nurses are (a) research reports and articles are not readily available (80.5%), (b) inadequate facilities for implementation (75.3%), and (c) research reports and articles are not published fast enough (71.6%). The top three facilitators perceived to encourage Nepalese nurses to utilize or participate in research are (a) initiation of nursing research projects (27.4%), (b) educational update on research methods (16.7%), and (c) provision of funding for research (15.5%). Conclusion: Findings from this study mirror the barriers to research utilization experienced by nurses in other countries. Macro-and micro-level support are needed to foster a culture of evidence-based practice among Nepalese nurses to empower them in making informed decisions based on research in providing quality patient care.

Publication Name

Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing

Volume Number

47

First Page

171

Last Page

179

Issue Number

4

DOI

10.3928/00220124-20160322-07

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