Impact case studies submitted to REF2014: the hidden impact of nursing research

Kelly, Daniel, Kent, Bridie, McMahon, Ann, Taylor, Julie and Traynor, Michael ORCID: (2016) Impact case studies submitted to REF2014: the hidden impact of nursing research. Journal of Research in Nursing, 21 (4) . pp. 256-268. ISSN 1744-9871 (doi:10.1177/1744987116646153)

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The UK’s Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 rated the research from 154 universities and the impact of research was evaluated in 6975 impact case studies. Nursing was returned within unit of Assessment (UoA) 3 which also included Dentistry, Pharmacy, Allied Health Professions, although nursing research was also submitted within other UoAs. The study aim was to collate and categorise available REF impact case studies involving nursing researchers or on topics of relevance to nursing. Using nurs* as a search term 469 case study entries were retrieved from the REF database and placed into three categories determined by the level of involvement of nurses. Some 80 impact case studies were submitted by nurses across 11 UoAs: the majority being in UoA3 (n=55). A further 50 revealed some relevant impact, though nurses did not have an obvious research role. A total of 248 case studies described actual or potential impact on health or social care but were not associated specifically with nursing. Nursing research has demonstrable impact, however there is a significant body of research with relevance for nursing that has not been associated with the profession in the REF. More attention should be paid to the ‘hidden impact’ of nursing research to ensure the full impact of nursing is recognised.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > School of Health and Education > Institute of Nursing and Midwifery
Item ID: 19253
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Date Deposited: 13 Apr 2016 15:46
Last Modified: 01 Jun 2019 17:37

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