- The Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing
- June 2012 - Volume 43 · Issue 6: 251-260
This study assessed the barriers to the use of research in nursing practice among Turkish registered nurses.
A descriptive cross-sectional study of 718 nurses in three hospitals was conducted. The data collection instrument used for the study consisted of the Barriers to Research Utilization Scale and a self-administered questionnaire that included demographic data, educational background, and nurses’ involvement in research activities.
Almost half of the participants (48.5%) responded that they had attended academic conferences in the past 2 years. Most of the participants had not published a research article (90.5%), and 23.4% reported that they had never read research articles. Seven items within the top 10 barriers were found on the setting subscale.
The results describe the research activities and perceptions of the barriers to the use of research among nurses in Turkey. Creating an organizational climate that values research use and supports nurses in participating in research activities is crucial.
Dr. Sari is Assistant Professor, Dr. Genc is Associate Professor, and Ms. Bozkurt is Research Assistant, Ege University Izmir Ataturk School of Health, Izmir, Turkey. Dr. Turgay is Associate Professor, Canakkale Onsekiz Mart University School of Health, Canakkale, Turkey.
The authors disclose that they have no significant financial interests in any product or class of products discussed directly or indirectly in this activity, including research support.
Address correspondence to Dilek Sari, RN, PhD, Assistant Professor, Ege University Izmir Ataturk School of Health, Izmir 35100, Turkey. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org