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Barriers to research utilization by registered nurses in Taiwan

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  • Su-Hui Chen,

    1. Department of Nursing, Chang Gung University of Science and Technology, No. 261, Wen-hwa 1st Rd, Kwei-shan, Taoyuan, Taiwan 333, R.O.C.
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    • Associate Professor.

  • Jung-Hua Shao,

    1. School of Nursing, College of Medicine, Chang Gung University, No. 259, Wen-hwa 1st Rd, Kwei-shan, Taoyuan, Taiwan 333, R.O.C
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    • Assistant Professor.

  • Ya-Chu Hsiao,

    1. Department of Nursing, Chang Gung University of Science and Technology, No. 261, Wen-hwa 1st Rd, Kwei-shan, Taoyuan, Taiwan 333, R.O.C.
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    • Associate Professor.

  • Hsiang-Chun Lee

    Corresponding author
    1. Department of Nursing, Chang Gung University of Science and Technology, No. 261, Wen-hwa 1st Rd, Kwei-shan, Taoyuan, Taiwan 333, R.O.C.
    • Department of Nursing, Chang Gung University of Science and Technology, No. 261, Wen-hwa 1st Rd, Kwei-shan, Taoyuan, Taiwan 333, R.O.C.
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    • Assistant Professor.


  • 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.

Abstract

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

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