The Open University. (2022). Multidisciplinary study: the value and benefits. https://www.open.edu/openlearn/education-development/multidisciplinary-study-the-value-and-benefits/content-section-2
Multidisciplinary research takes place when:
Today's healthcare system calls for better information to health-care providers and researchers for evidence-based or informed practice. Nurses need to be able to understand and assess research from other disciplines to play a crucial role in solving emerging healthcare challenges. To assist with this knowledge, nurses must value a multidisciplinary approach in addressing critical healthcare questions.
Please check out the eBooks listed below for more great information on the implications of multidisciplinary research to nursing.
To increase an understanding of multidisciplinary research, another strategy is to search other health or health-related library databases, besides CINAHL:
Green, B.N. , & Johnson, C.D. (2015). Interprofessional collaboration in research, education, and clinical practice: working together for a better future. The Journal of Chiropractic Education, 29(1), 1-10. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4360764/
NC State University. (2020). The difference between multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary, and convergence research. Retrieved from https://research.ncsu.edu/rdo/the-difference-between-multidisciplinary-interdisciplinary-and-convergence-research/
Rosen, M., & DiazGranados, D., (2018). Teamwork in healthcare: key discoveries enabling safer, high quality care. American Psychologist, 73(4), 433-450. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6361117/
The role of nursing research and evidence-informed practice is unique and significant. The healthcare system is changing at a rapid rate and presents a great diversity of challenges. These challenges are often met by integrating evidence-informed knowledge into nursing practice. Consider these aspects:
It's important to define research terms in nursing:
Consider reviewing these articles Demystifying Nursing Research Terminology, Part I and Demystifying Nursing Research Part 2 for more information on nursing research terms, frameworks, paradigms and strategies.
LoBiondo-Wood, Haber, J., Cameron, C., & Singh, M. D. (2018). Nursing research in Canada : methods, critical appraisal, and utilization (Cameron & M. D. Singh, Eds.; Fourth Canadian edition.). Elsevier Canada.
Research is an attempt to answer questions; methodology is the study of how research is accomplished. It is the way people outline their procedures, and the way in which knowledge is gained. It outlines the principles that guide the research process.
Since nursing is a practice discipline, the main purpose of nursing research is to use research findings to improve patient care. In nursing, the research methods most commonly used include:
Check out this brief Quantitative vs Qualitative Research Methods video on the differences between quantitative and qualitative research methods
Qualitative research is well suited to studying the human experience of health which is vital to nursing science. Qualitative research:
Quantitative research is a means for testing objective theories by examining the relationship among variables. This research or data is:
Mixed methods research methodologies are increasingly applied in nursing research to strengthen an understanding of nursing phenomena. The definition of mixed methods, from the first issue of the Journal of Mixed Methods Research, is “research in which the investigator collects and analyzes data, integrates the findings, and draws inferences using both qualitative and quantitative approaches or methods in a single study or program of inquiry.” Mixed methods research:
Campbell, S. (2016). Perspectives: method and methodology in nursing research. Journal of Research in Nursing, 21(8), 656-659. https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/1744987116679583
Hoe, J., & Hoare, Z. (2013). Understanding quantitative research: part 1. Nursing Standard, 27 (15-17),52-57. https://www.proquest.com/docview/1242111533?pq-origsite=gscholar&fromopenview=true
Hoover, L. (2021, June 30). Why qualitative research in healthcare is important. Doctoral journey. https://www.gcu.edu/blog/doctoral-journey/why-qualitative-research-healthcare-important
Silva, A. R., Padilha, M.It., Petry, S., Silva, E. S., Woo, V., Galicia, K., Wilson, J., Luctka-flude, M. (2022). Reviews of literature in nursing research: methodological considerations and defining characteristics. Advances in Nursing Science, 45(3), 197-208. https://journals.lww.com/advancesinnursingscience/Fulltext/2022/07000/Reviews_of_Literature_in_Nursing_Research_.2.aspx
Please check out this video, The Anatomy of a Scholarly Article, by Oregon State University, which describes the anatomy or different parts of a scholarly article.
Nursing students often ask the question, "How do I know if this is a good article?"
A scholarly article is a peer-reviewed article which presents the findings of a study or research. This type of article is written by nurses or healthcare experts to share information and improve aspects of their profession. Scholarly articles are considered more credible than other sources since the results are based on studies and not opinion.
Here are some qualities and links about scholarly journal articles to help in selecting literature:
A "good" scholarly journal article:
Please consider checking out the Library & Academic Success' APA Guide for great information and examples on how to format assignments and cite sources using APA.
Health statistics are used to understand risk factors for populations, track and monitor diseases, see the effect of policies, and assess the quality and safety of health care. Health statistics are also a form of evidence that can support a recommendation or a plan of care.
It can be intimidating to locate health statistics, but with some suggestions, the task can be made easier. Keep in mind that the specific statistic you need may not be available in the date required or even exist to suit the information need. Please check below with some of the key Canadian statistics gathering organizations which may assist.
Consider these recommendations:
National Library of Medicine. (2020). Finding health statistics exercises. https://www.nlm.nih.gov/nichsr/stats_tutorial/section4/index.html
National Library of Medicine. (2020). About health statistics. https://www.nlm.nih.gov/nichsr/stats_tutorial/section1/index.html