A Program of Research Evaluating the Effects of a Collaborative Research Utilization Model

Authors

  • Marlene A. Dufault RN, PhD

    1. Marlene A. Dufault, RN, PhD, is Associate Professor at the University of Rhode Island College of Nursing, 2 Heathman Road, Kingston, RI 02881-2021. Telephone: 401.874.5307. Fax: 401.874.5335. E-mail: marlened@uri.edu
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Abstract

(1) Advances in research are meaningless unless they reach clinicians at the point of care. This article describes a program of research in which a collaborative research utilization (CRU) model was developed and tested in four clinical studies in the context of pain management. The overall aim of the research program was to decrease the long lag time from when research innovations are developed to when they appear in clinicians' day-to-day caregiving activities. In the model, partnerships are formed between researchers, undergraduate and graduate students, and clinicians in academic and practice settings. The developmental process, structure, and steps of the model are described as well as outcomes that have been achieved in the student, scientist, clinician, nursing practice, and most importantly, the patient.

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