Clinical nursing and midwifery research in Latin American and Caribbean countries: a scoping review
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AimTo identify and describe published, nursing-led and midwifery-led, clinical research that has been conducted in Latin America and the Caribbean. BackgroundPeer-reviewed published research may correspond to and elucidate country's realities, priorities, and needs. DesignA 6-stage scoping review methodology was used to search scientific databases using an applied search strategy. Data SourcesFive databases were searched for articles published in English, Spanish, or Portuguese conducted in a Latin American or Caribbean country between January 1, 2006 and June 14, 2016. Review MethodsArticles were independently considered for inclusion by 2 researchers, data extracted, and study characteristics described. ResultsOf 6922 articles identified, 404 were included. The majority were conducted in Brazil (90.6%) followed by Chile (2.5%). Most were nurse-led (95.8%) and were implemented in hospitals (48.6%). Studies frequently explored patient knowledge or characterized patient populations (61.3%) and commonly assessed chronic disease (19.3%) or maternity/child health outcomes (15.9%). ConclusionFindings revealed a large number of publications but an uneven geographical distribution of nurse-led clinical research and an evident gap of midwifery-related research in Latin America and the Caribbean. Results may be used to build research agendas to promote nursing and midwifery research capacity and further establish evidence-based practice.
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Quote ItemInt J Nurs Pract. 2018; 24: e12623
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