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

Jillian Adams, Ann Bonner

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Abstract

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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)91-94
Number of pages4
JournalRenal Society of Australasia Journal
Volume4
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2008

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