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How relevant is the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews to nursing care?

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  • Bart JG Geurden RN MSc,

    Director, Corresponding author
    1. Centre of Evidence Based Medicine (CEBAM), Belgian Branch of the Dutch Cochrane Centre, Leuven, Belgium
    2. Cochrane Nursing Care Field, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
    • Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Antwerp, Antwerp, Belgium
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  • Cindy Stern BHsc (Hons),

    1. Cochrane Nursing Care Field, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
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  • Cécile Piron RN MSc,

    1. Nursing Research (PRISCI), Institute of Research Health & Society, Université Catholique de Louvain, Louvain, Belgium
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  • Micheline Gobert RN PhD

    1. Centre of Evidence Based Medicine (CEBAM), Belgian Branch of the Dutch Cochrane Centre, Leuven, Belgium
    2. Cochrane Nursing Care Field, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
    3. Nursing Research (PRISCI), Institute of Research Health & Society, Université Catholique de Louvain, Louvain, Belgium
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    • Died suddenly in November, 2010.

Correspondence: Bart J.C. Geurden, University of Antwerp, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Universiteitsplein 1, (Building R, Room R3.32), B-2610 Wilrijk, Belgium. Email: bart.geurden@ua.ac.be

Abstract

Barriers obstructing evidence-based nursing have been explored in many countries. Lack of resources and evidence has been noted as one of these barriers. We aimed to identify nursing care-related systematic reviews published in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews from 1996 until 2009. Using a broad search strategy we identified titles of Cochrane systematic reviews and protocols that focused on nursing care. The abstract of each title was examined and predetermined data were collected and analysed. 1249 titles out of a possible 6244 records were identified as being relevant to nursing care. Most of them focused on newborn and adult populations and related to comparing one intervention with another, and management strategies. The most common nursing specialties represented were internal medicine (34%) and mother and child care (25%). Twenty one percent of reviews published in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews are of direct interest to those involved in nursing care however their relevance was not always obvious.

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