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Does nursing research impact on policy? A case study of health visiting research and UK health policy

Bunn, Frances, Kendall, Sally (2011) Does nursing research impact on policy? A case study of health visiting research and UK health policy. Journal of Research in Nursing, 16 (2). pp. 169-191. ISSN 1744-9871. E-ISSN 1744-988X. (doi:10.1177/1744987110392627) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:55245)

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Abstract

The aim of this study was to critically examine the impact of nursing research on the development

of health care policy using UK health visiting research as an example. We used established

methods to evaluate research impact. This included a documentary review of over 30 policy

documents, citation analyses on 19 papers and interviews with health visiting researchers.

Although there were examples of policy documents being informed by health visiting research

it was not always clear what role research had played in the development of recommendations.

Information from researchers provided examples of local, national and international impact,

although the extent to which papers may have impacted upon policy was less clear from the

citation analyses. Many of the UK studies cited in policy documents were qualitative,

observational or reflexive and a lack of evaluative research, in particular randomised controlled

trials and other controlled evaluations, may limit the impact of health visiting research on health

care policy in the UK. There is evidence that health visiting research has influenced health care

policy but this has been limited and there is a need for more research to underpin and inform the

role of the health visitor.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1177/1744987110392627
Uncontrolled keywords: evidence-based practice, health visiting, policy, research impact
Subjects: R Medicine > RT Nursing
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research > Centre for Health Services Studies
Depositing User: Sally Kendall
Date Deposited: 04 May 2016 14:56 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2021 10:22 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/55245 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Kendall, Sally: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2507-0350
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