Lessons learnt : complementing good clinical renal questions with an appropriate research strategy

Adams, Jillian & Bonner, Ann (2008) Lessons learnt : complementing good clinical renal questions with an appropriate research strategy. Renal Society of Australasia Journal, 4(3), pp. 91-94.

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The purpose of this article is to present lessons learnt by nurses when conducting research to encourage colleagues to ask good clinical research questions. This is accomplished by presenting a study designed to challenge current practice which included research flaws. The longstanding practice of weighing renal patients at 0600 hours and then again prior to receiving haemodialysis was examined. Nurses believed that performing the assessment twice, often within a few hours, was unnecessary and that patients were angry when woken to be weighed. An observational study with convenience sampling collected data from 46 individuals requiring haemodialysis, who were repeatedly sampled to provide 139 episodes of data. Although the research hypotheses were rejected, invaluable experience was gained, with research and clinical practice lessons learnt, along with surprising findings.

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ID Code: 43794
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: ideal weight, dialysis
ISSN: 1832-3804
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Nursing
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 Renal Society of Australasia
Deposited On: 04 Aug 2011 01:11
Last Modified: 06 Aug 2011 05:18

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