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Clinical research: The potential of practice development


Fitzgerald, MA and Armitage, D, Clinical research: The potential of practice development, Practice Development in Health Care, 4, (3) pp. 150-159. ISSN 1475-9861 (2005) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1002/pdh.10


Research and development are strategic initiatives that, when built into modern practice settings, help to create a culture in which people have the potential to promote best practice. It is argued that the potential of practice development (PD) as a means of researching contemporary clinical practice is largely underestimated by mainstream scientists. PD, as part of a research design, is discussed in detail from the perspectives of research in the critical paradigm, participatory world views and action research. Fundamental components of PD such as facilitation, team building, practice projects and ethical comportment within a structure of a research design or proposal are discussed and examples from current studies are given.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:practice development, action research, critical social theory
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Nursing
Research Field:Nursing not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Evaluation of health and support services
Objective Field:Evaluation of health and support services not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Fitzgerald, MA (Professor Mary Fitzgerald)
ID Code:59161
Year Published:2005
Deposited By:Nurse Education Unit
Deposited On:2009-11-19
Last Modified:2010-03-17

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