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1 k n o w l e d g e i n p r a c t i c e... Development of an Instrument to Measure Research Utilization Carole Estabrooks RN, PhD (PI) Presented by: Shannon Scott-Findlay RN, PhD candidate (CoI) Lesa Chizawsky RN, BScN AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting Seattle, WA June, 2006

2 k n o w l e d g e i n p r a c t i c e... Funding Study funding: Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Presenter funding: Shannon Scott-Findlay RN, MN, PhD (candidate) Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research (AHFMR) Lesa Chizawsky RN, BScN Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research (AHFMR) Center for Knowledge Transfer Mary Louise Imrie Graduate Student Award

3 k n o w l e d g e i n p r a c t i c e... Background What is Research Utilization? - Instrumental - Conceptual - Symbolic/Persuasive What is the state of the research utilization science?

4 k n o w l e d g e i n p r a c t i c e... Existing Approaches to Measuring Research Utilization A variety of approaches exist Approach varies from discipline to discipline - Nursing - Medicine - Other

5 k n o w l e d g e i n p r a c t i c e... Study Objectives 1.Clarify and validate the construct of research utilization (RU) in nursing 2.Develop observable indicators of RU 3.From the indicators, develop a set of items that measure RU

6 k n o w l e d g e i n p r a c t i c e... Study Timeline Expert Panel Focus Group Round 1 Focus Group Round 2 Research Team Construct clarification Indicator development Item development Pilot Instrument

7 k n o w l e d g e i n p r a c t i c e... HighConceptual LowConceptual HighInstrumentalLowInstrumental Observable Application Thinking Expert Panel Model

8 k n o w l e d g e i n p r a c t i c e... Themes Identified Focus Groups – Round 1 Research Utilization Definitions Terminology Conceptual vs. Instrumental RU Model Indicators Examples of RU

9 k n o w l e d g e i n p r a c t i c e... Results to Date Symbolic RU enveloped by conceptual RU Support for instrumental research utilization. Questioning conceptual research utilization. - Are conceptual RU and critical thinking similar or even the same concepts?

10 k n o w l e d g e i n p r a c t i c e... Future Directions The successful development of a valid and reliable tool to measure research utilization will… - enable relatively straightforward assessment of the success of interventions targeted at increasing research utilization. - enable more organizationally focused assessments.

11 k n o w l e d g e i n p r a c t i c e... Acknowledgments Dr. Carole Estabrooks RN, PhD - PI Dr. Joanne Profetto-McGrath RN, PhD - CoI Dr. Dwight Harley PhD - CoI Dr Anne Hofmeyer RN, PhD – CoI Margaret Milner RN, MN – Research Manager Tina ODonnell PhD (c) – Project Coordinator More information can be found at: -


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