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Challenges that may arise when conducting real-life nursing research

19 July 2012

Nurse Researcher

A&S Science

Aim To reveal some of the unexpected occurrences that can arise during real-life investigations to upset the conventional research process. Background As novice...

Risperidone in autism therapy and its efficacy

27 November 2017

Learning Disability Practice

Evidence & practice

This article explores the use of the atypical antipsychotic drug, risperidone. It will identify its core features and chemical properties and compare it with other...

Teachers’ attitudes to mainstream schooling

08 December 2010

Learning Disability Practice


In Scotland, children with learning disabilities, some of whom exhibit behaviour that challenges, are increasingly being educated in mainstream classrooms (Harris et...

Support for children of service users in Norway

01 July 2013

Mental Health Practice

Art & Science

Aim To investigate whether lack of identification by healthcare workers of children of adult mental health service users was related to negative staff attitudes and...

Caring for older people with dementia in hospital Part one: challenges

01 October 2012

Nursing Older People

A&S Science

Background Nursing students often care for older people with dementia during placements. The quality of the students’ experience is important. Aim To explore adult...

Prescribing of psychotropic medicines: the role of learning disability nurses

26 September 2016

Learning Disability Practice

Evidence & practice

NHS England has committed to reduce the amount of psychotropic medicines being prescribed for people with learning disabilities. Studies suggest the numbers of...

Exploring recruitment issues in stroke research: a qualitative study of nurse researchers’ experiences

18 May 2016

Nurse Researcher


Aim To explore the practice of experienced stroke nurse researchers to understand the issues they face in recruiting participants. Background Participant recruitment...

Conducting qualitative longitudinal research using interpretative phenomenological analysis

24 September 2014

Nurse Researcher

Minimising bias

Aim To discuss the methodological and epistemological challenges experienced when conducting a longitudinal interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA) of...

So you think you’ve designed an effective recruitment protocol?

22 March 2017

Nurse Researcher

Evidence & practice

Background Recruiting acutely ill patients to participate in research can be challenging. This paper outlines the difficulties the first author encountered in a...

The voice of experience

07 June 2011

Nursing Standard


The chief executive of one of London’s major hospitals, Heather Lawrence, has never forgotten her nursing roots.