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Determining When an Activity Is or Is Not Research

Olsen, Douglas P. PhD, RN; Smania, Mary Alison DNP, RN, FNP-BC, AGN-BC

AJN, American Journal of Nursing: October 2016 - Volume 116 - Issue 10 - p 55–60
doi: 10.1097/01.NAJ.0000503304.52756.9a
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Practical and ethical considerations for nurses engaged in QI and other projects.

The authors examine the ethical and practical significance of making a distinction between research and not research when using data to identify best practices and improve care.

Douglas P. Olsen is an associate professor and Mary Alison Smania is an assistant professor at the Michigan State University College of Nursing in East Lansing. Olsen is also a contributing editor of AJN. Contact author: Douglas P. Olsen, douglas.olsen@hc.msu.edu. The authors have disclosed no potential conflicts of interest, financial or otherwise.

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