Article first published online: 13 FEB 2013
Copyright © 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Research in Nursing & Health
Volume 36, Issue 2, pages 191–202, April 2013
How to Cite
Chen, S.-H., Shao, J.-H., Hsiao, Y.-C. and Lee, H.-C. (2013), Barriers to research utilization by registered nurses in Taiwan. Res. Nurs. Health, 36: 191–202. doi: 10.1002/nur.21521
We would like to thank the Chang Gung University of Science and Technology, Taiwan, for funding the project (EZRPF380221) from which this article was generated and also the nurses who gave so graciously of their time in order to participate in the project.
Conflict of interest: nothing to declare.
- Issue published online: 14 MAR 2013
- Article first published online: 13 FEB 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: 16 NOV 2012
- evidence-based nursing;
- research utilization;
- barriers to research utilization;
- Taiwanese nurses;
- nursing care;
- quality improvement
This cross-sectional study was designed to identify barriers to research utilization among registered nurses (N = 510) in clinical settings in Taiwan. Data were collected by mailed survey. Barriers were measured by the Barriers to Research Utilization Scale-Chinese version, which has four subscales: characteristics of the adopter (nurse), organization (setting barriers and limitations), innovation (research qualities), and communication (presentation/accessibility of the research). Research utilization was predicted by frequency of reading professional literature, years of research experience, hospital classification, and the barriers of communication, innovation, and adopter characteristics. These findings indicate the need to enhance Taiwanese nurses' research efficacy, research-based information, and research experiences. Nursing administrators should create a research-friendly climate and support implementing research findings. © 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Res Nurs Health 36:191–202, 2013