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It is not uncommon for a decade to pass between the time a research problem is identified and the time that research-based solutions are translated into standards for care This quasi-experimental study demonstrated the effectiveness of a collaborative research utilization model directed towards the transfer of specific research-based knowledge (pain assessment) into practice for the purpose of helping to solve pain management problems At the same time, nurses who participated in the model significantly improved their competency in research utilization and their attitudes towards research when compared to a control group who did not participate in the model