Not so very long ago the nearest most nurses got to clinical research was data gathering during observations of patient participants.
Outside of academic institutions studies were devised and led by others, and nurses were excluded from core research teams.
How times have changed.
Today clinical research is a career option and many trusts have teams of research nurses. But clinical research is not confined to those nurses – pre-registration students undertake it, and frontline nurses can also investigate the uncertainties about which aspects of nursing practice really are effective, whether as part of post-registration studies or within their practice.
Defining the scope of research is crucial to ensure studies are relevant, manageable and achievable, and this depends on a well-constructed research question. Our review discusses the importance of the research question and how to identify and refine it to ensure clinical research adds useful information to the evidence base.
A crucial read for anyone keen to address burning questions in their area of care.