Barriers to Integrating Research Into Clinical Nursing Practice

Maen Aljezawi*, Mohammad Al Qadire, Mohammed H. Alhajjy, Loai Issa Tawalbeh, Aliyah Hadi Alamery, Sami Aloush, Mohammed AlBashtawy

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Background: Using research findings in clinical practice is a cornerstone in improving the quality of care, but nurses face different barriers in doing so. Purpose: The purpose was to explore barriers to research utilization in clinical practice as perceived by nurses. Method: A cross-sectional survey was done using a convenience sampling method in a single specialist hospital in Saudi Arabia. The Barriers to Research Utilization questionnaire was used to collect data. Results: The mean overall score (out of 4) for the Barriers questionnaire was 2.67 (SD = 0.47). The 3 most reported barriers were lack of time, physician cooperation, and other staff support. Nurses working in pediatric and maternity units reported more barriers. Conclusion: Clinical setting factors are those most perceived by nurses as barriers to integrating research into practice. Reforms in the clinical areas should take place to overcome these barriers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)E7-E11
JournalJournal of Nursing Care Quality
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • Barriers to Research Utilization questionnaire
  • Saudi Arabia
  • nursing practice
  • nursing research
  • research utilization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)


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