• To understand why there is less nursing research in the Middle East than in other countries
• To explore an innovative approach to overcome the lack of research knowledge
• To appreciate how increasing research capacity can benefit nurses and evidence-based practice
Background The main barrier to engaging nurses in research is the lack of research knowledge and skills.
Aim To explore the influence of research workshops on the research orientation of nurses in a large referral hospital in Qatar.
Discussion This article describes a cross-sectional study involving 564 nurses working in 14 health facilities who attended research workshops in Qatar. The authors collected data using the Edmonton Research Orientation Survey (EROS) as well as questions considering support and barriers to research. Descriptive statistics were used to summarise and determine the sample characteristics and distribution of participants. The participants who attended the workshop were found to have a higher orientation towards the EROS sub-scales of evidence-based practice, valuing of research, involvement in research, being at the leading edge of the profession and support for research, compared to those who did not attend the workshop. There was no statistical difference between the groups in the research barrier sub-scale.
Conclusion Despite significant improvements in their responses to the EROS research orientation sub-scales after attending the workshop, the nurses still reported many barriers to being actively engaged in research.
Implications for practice Healthcare organisations should assist with integrating evidence-based practice into healthcare. There is a need for research education for clinical nurses to bring evidence into clinical practice to improve the quality of patient outcomes. Increasing the research capacity of nurses will lead to their emancipation in addressing the flaws in clinical practice and motivate them to use evidence in patient care.
Nurse Researcher. doi: 10.7748/nr.2022.e1863Peer review
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Alomari A, Singh K, Hassan N et al (2022) The improvement in research orientation among clinical nurses in Qatar: a cross-sectional study. Nurse Researcher. doi: 10.7748/nr.2022.e1863
Published online: 13 December 2022
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