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Stroke research questions - a nursing perspective

Rowat, Anne M; Lawrence, Maggie; Horsburgh, Dorothy; Legg, Lynn; Smith, Lorraine N


Anne M Rowat

Maggie Lawrence

Dorothy Horsburgh

Lynn Legg

Lorraine N Smith


Background: stroke is a national research priority. However, in the literature there is still minimal systematic investigation of stroke nursing – especially practice. The aim of this study was to explore stroke nurses’ research priorities through a series of focus groups. Method: the study was qualitative and involved focus groups (n?=?7) with registered nurses working in stroke care settings and who were members of the Scottish Stroke Nurses Forum. Data were analysed to identify conceptual categories, which were found to relate to the categories defined by Kirkevold (1997) and Booth (2001). Results: five priority areas for stroke nursing were described: preventive/conserving; supporting/consoling; restorative; integrative; and service structure/systems. Conclusion: by consulting stroke nurses it can be ensured that future research truly reflects the nature of nursing care and is of particular relevance to stroke nursing practice. The development of research evidence-base in stroke nursing will lead to increased knowledge, a better quality of care and ultimately better outcomes for patients.


Rowat, A. M., Lawrence, M., Horsburgh, D., Legg, L., & Smith, L. N. (2009). Stroke research questions - a nursing perspective. British Journal of Nursing, 18, 100-104

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date 2009
Deposit Date Mar 12, 2012
Print ISSN 0966-0461
Publisher Mark Allen Healthcare
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 18
Pages 100-104
Keywords Stroke; stroke nursing; Scottish Stroke Nurses Forum;
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