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The use of standard operating procedures in clinical research trials

01 September 2005

Cancer Nursing Practice


Research nurses need to be familiar with standard operating procedure (SOP) documents. SOPs are distinct from nursing care plans. An SOP is an official, detailed,...

Developing a nurse-led follow-up protocol for lung cancer

01 March 2006

Cancer Nursing Practice


This article presents an overview of the development of a protocol to guide lung cancer multidisciplinary teams (MDT) within the Yorkshire Cancer Network in the...

Systematic review protocols: an introduction

01 October 2009

Nurse Researcher

issues in research

Systematic reviews are a thorough and efficient method of appraising literature and providing an evidence base for practice. However, to ensure that they are...

The research agenda for protocol-based care

20 October 2004

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

Background Protocol-based care is increasingly being used to deliver collaborative, integrated and improved patient-centred care, based on the best available...

Care protocols: rigid rules or useful tools?

01 May 2004

Paediatric Nursing


Providing care which is based on the best available clinical evidence and is cost effective is part of current national strategies for healthcare provision. This...

Supporting people with learning disabilities in acute care

06 January 2010

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

It is recognised that people with learning disabilities fail to access health screening and that in the past, hospital services failed to meet the needs of this...

Improving local healthcare policies and practices

20 October 2010

Nursing Standard


Nurses often have an important role in devising or updating local policies and protocols, but are rarely prepared for a process that requires careful consideration...

Development of clinical policies and guidelines in acute settings

11 March 2009

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

This article outlines a model for developing policies and discusses some of the issues involved in the process of writing, approving and disseminating clinical...

Homely Remedy Protocols: The supply and administration of non-prescription medicinal products and dietary supplements by nurses in non-NHS settings

05 December 2008

Primary Health Care


The National Centre for Social Research (Nat-Cen), including the Scottish Centre for Social Research, is the largest independent social research institute in...

Case study research

10 June 2015

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

This article describes case study research for nursing and healthcare practice. Case study research offers the researcher an approach by which a phenomenon can be...