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Designing Strategies to Implement Research-Based Policies and Procedures: A Set of Recommendations for Nurse Leaders Based on the PARiHS Framework

Squires, Janet E. PhD, RN; Reay, Trish PhD; Moralejo, Donna PhD, RN; LeFort, Sandra M. PhD, RN; Hutchinson, Alison M. PhD, RN; Estabrooks, Carole A. PhD, RN

Journal of Nursing Administration: May 2012 - Volume 42 - Issue 5 - p 293–297
doi: 10.1097/NNA.0b013e318253565f

Organizational policies and procedures are one vehicle for translating research into nursing practice and improving quality and patient and organizational outcomes. However, their existence alone is not sufficient to ensure use. In this article, we describe the Promoting Action on Research Implementation in Health Services framework and how nurse leaders can use the framework to support the implementation of research-based policies and procedures.

Author Affiliations: Postdoctoral Fellow (Dr Squires), Clinical Epidemiology Program, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, Ottawa; Associate Professor (Dr Reay), School of Business, and Professor (Dr Estabrooks), Faculty of Nursing, University of Alberta, Edmonton; Professors (Drs Moralejo and LeFort), School of Nursing, Memorial University, St John’s, Canada; and Associate Professor (Dr Hutchinson), School of Nursing and Midwifery, Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia.

Dr Squires holds Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR) Postdoctoral and Bisby Fellowships. Dr Estabrooks holds a CIHR Canadian Research Chair in Knowledge Translation.

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

Correspondence: Dr Squires, Clinical Epidemiology Program, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, Centre for Practice-Changing Research (CPCR), 501 Smyth Ave, Room 1251, Ottawa, ON, Canada, K1H 8L6 (

© 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.