Research in infection control practice: A proposed collaborative model

Creedy, Debra, Winch, Sarah and Vickerstaff, Joy (2002) Research in infection control practice: A proposed collaborative model. Australian Infection Control, 7 3: 85-92. doi:10.1071/HI02085

Author Creedy, Debra
Winch, Sarah
Vickerstaff, Joy
Title Research in infection control practice: A proposed collaborative model
Journal name Australian Infection Control   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1329-9360
Publication date 2002-09
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1071/HI02085
Volume 7
Issue 3
Start page 85
End page 92
Total pages 8
Place of publication Waterloo, N.S.W., Australia
Publisher Percival Publishing
Language eng
Subject 1110 Nursing
111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified
Abstract The provision of health care services by specialist practitioners has implications for professional development particularly in relation to research skills and scholarship. Infection control practitioners (ICPs) are well placed to conduct and promote research that examines existing practices and introduces cost effective approaches to service delivery. However, there has been no coordinated approach to infection control research and ICPs undertaking research have operated in isolation, with poor infrastructure support and many cultural and organisational barriers to overcome. In the absence of a critical mass of researchers, productivity has been limited and the contribution of evidence based infection control research to clinical practice is yet to be realised. This discussion paper proposes a model that will assist ICPs to provide leadership in relation to evidenced-based research and proactively respond to clinical priorities and goals and improve clinical outcomes. From a review of available literature and drawing on experience of hospital-tertiary collaboration, a model to promote infection control research will be discussed that addresses the two key factors hindering evidence based practice - the production of high quality nursing research and the translation of research findings into practice. The proposed model includes: developing research capacity and critical mass; coordination of infection control research in health agencies to achieve strategic cross-district partnerships and brokerage processes; mechanisms for support (infrastructure, workplace education, mentorship); developing programmes of research; and sustainability. Copyright: Australian Infection Control Association 2002
Keyword Infection control
Infection control practitioners
Nursing research - methods
Research - methods
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown
Additional Notes Journal title changed to Healthcare Infection from 2008

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