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Research in Health Visiting

Why do health visitors need easy to access resources

The paper concludes that even motivated health visitors feel they lack the time and, in some cases, the skills to locate and appraise research evidence. This research suggests that the provision of already appraised research would help to keep busy health professionals informed, up-to-date and confident in responding to public concerns, particularly when there is apparently conflicting evidence.


Competency, confidence and conflicting evidence: key issues affecting health visitors’ use of research evidence in practice. Shona Hilton*†1, Helen Bedford†2, Michael Calnan3 and Kate Hunt†1 BMC Nursing 2009, 8:4 doi: 10.1186/1472-6955-8-4

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Also See

Cowley, S. (2013) Presentation of (Health visiting) self in everyday practice . Journal of Health Visiting, Vol. 1, Iss. 4, 17 Apr 2013, pp 248