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Factors promoting academic dissemination among nurses

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VOL: 103, ISSUE: 11, PAGE NO: 32-33

Dawn Brookes, RGN, BA, MA Ed, is a community matron in Ilkeston and former community practice lecturer at the University of Reading.

Brookes, D. (2007) Disseminating nursing research and coursework …



AIM: To establish the proportion of nurses who disseminate the results of their academic work, to establish the factors that influence this and what might be done to improve sharing of knowledge.



METHOD: A postal questionnaire of 378 community nurses across three primary care trusts, in a multi-centre, retrospective, descriptive survey design.



RESULTS: The final response rate to the survey was 62% (n=214).The vast majority of respondents (83%) had produced academic coursework in the six years before the study and 68% had achieved grades above 60%. Just under a third (32%) had disseminated their work, while 64% had not shared their work by any of the means mentioned in the study. Only 3% of the sample had had their work published, while the most popular means of dissemination

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