Transferring research into practice in a rural public health setting
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Transferring research into practice in a rural public health setting

Philippa Miskelly Researcher, Waikato District Health Board and University of Auckland, New Zealand
Anne Green Rural public health nurse, Waikato District Health Board, New Zealand

Philippa Miskelly and Anne Green explore the barriers to implementing study findings by examining a case of rural nurses in New Zealand working with local schools

A national health campaign run throughout New Zealand between 2004 and 2006 brought changes to nurse priorities, workloads and relationships. Following completion of the campaign, one group of rural public health nurses felt dislocated from the school pupils they serviced. To reconnect with the schools, the group developed an innovation called Good Health Great Learning. This article focuses on the evaluation of this programme and discusses challenges in using and sustaining research findings in practice.

Correspondence pmiskelly@yahoo.co.nz

Primary Health Care. 24, 1,26-29. doi: 10.7748/phc2014.02.24.1.26.e808

Received: 08 July 2013

Accepted: 01 October 2013

Published in print: 01 February 2014

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Conflict Of Interest

None declared.