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BACKGROUND Realist synthesis is an increasingly popular approach to the review and synthesis of evidence, which focuses on understanding the mechanisms by which an intervention works (or not). There are few published examples of realist synthesis. This paper therefore fills a gap by describing, in detail, the process used for a realist review and synthesis… (More)
BACKGROUND Change agency in its various forms is one intervention aimed at improving the effectiveness of the uptake of evidence. Facilitators, knowledge brokers and opinion leaders are examples of change agency strategies used to promote knowledge utilization. This review adopts a realist approach and addresses the following question: What change agency… (More)
BACKGROUND Implementation fidelity is critical to the internal and external validity of implementation research. Much of what is written about implementation fidelity addresses fidelity of evidence-informed interventions rather than fidelity of implementation strategies. The documentation and reporting of fidelity to implementation strategies requires… (More)
Doctorally prepared nurses entering today's research environment must be adept at transcending the research chasm that exists across disciplines and within nursing and be prepared to play leadership roles in multidisciplinary and nursing research. In order to fulfill these roles and meet the need for well-educated nurse scientists, doctoral students must be… (More)
REVIEW QUESTION/OBJECTIVE How does art contribute as a psychotherapeutic tool in making sense of the cancer experience? What is the meaningfulness of integrating art (as either creator or consumer) for patients throughout the cancer experience?
REVIEW QUESTIONS/OBJECTIVES The objective of this review is to explore the experiences and perceptions of emergency department nurses in providing palliative care to adults with advanced cancer so as to contribute to the developing knowledge base on this phenomenon and, in turn, inform future practice and policy changes. Specifically, the review question… (More)