Research Utilization: Reducing the Pain

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Abstract

While the thought of a research utilization project may inspire intimidation and anxiety in many nurses, applying the findings of research studies to clinical practice can be an exciting way to invigorate patient care. This article describes ways of getting started in research utilization. Suggestions are included for discovering resources, as well as some practical tips for taking the first steps in what can be a satisfying way to implement cost-effective, high quality care in an era of health care reform.

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