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Literature searching for systematic reviews

02 July 1997

Nursing Standard

Professional development

Literature reviews play an important role in summarising current knowledge and informing clinical practice and future research. Historically, nurses have conducted...

Clinical decisions: defining meaning through focus groups

04 February 1998

Nursing Standard


Clinical decision making is a nursing skill central to the daily activities of patient care. It is, however, a concept that is poorly defined. In the process of...

Evidence-based practice: is patient satisfaction evidence?

26 August 1998

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

Patient satisfaction is a popular way of evaluating nursing practice, but there are doubts about its reliability and validity. This article describes a study which...

Grounded theory: issues for research in nursing

16 September 1998

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

The grounded theory approach to research appears to be well suited to providing nurses with understanding of social behaviours so that they can enhance patient care....

Learning how to undertake a systematic review: part 2

25 August 2010

Nursing Standard


This article, the second in a two-part series, continues to describe the stages involved in conducting a systematic review. The article discusses how to select and...

Action research in the care of patients with sexual anxieties

16 December 1998

Nursing Standard


Nurses are familiar with patients who appear to need excessive analgesia as inpatients, or women who, apparently reasonably, continue to avoid vaginal examination...

Promoting action research in healthcare settings

25 June 1997

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

To coincide with the first annual Action Research conference taking place in London this week, this article promotes the idea of using action research for health...

Practice development units: a study of teamwork

06 May 1998

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

In this report of a study using the Team Climate Inventory (TCI) tool, the researchers explain how the tool can be used in preparation for creating a practice...

The role of the research and development officer

11 November 1998

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

This article describes some of the barriers to professional development and discusses how research and development (R&D) officers can overcome these and support...

Choosing phenomenology as a guiding philosophy for nursing research

18 March 2015

Nurse Researcher

Methodological decisions

Aim To provide an overview of important methodological considerations that nurse researchers need to adhere to when choosing phenomenology as a guiding philosophy...