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The number of research studies carried out in the United Kingdom by nurses is now quite considerable. As a result there are a number of areas which have been studied by several researchers using different methods and study populations but producing convergent findings in which confidence can be placed. In this paper it is argued that as well as contributing to the content of the knowledge transmitted during study days such findings can be used in the planning of continuing education programmes for trained nurses. Research studies in the following areas were chosen: the consumer's view of continuing education; the ward sister's management role; teaching and learning in the ward; and clinical practice. Findings are discussed and ways in which use can be made of them in continuing education are suggested.