PURPOSE/OBJECTIVES: To describe the first application of the research utilization process by clinical nurses using the Stetler-Marram Model of Research Utilization to the practice of amphotericin B administration; to share the findings; and to discuss issues encountered in the process and their solutions. DATA SOURCES: Published articles identified through computerized literature searches, published abstracts and books, personal communication with one author, and an informal survey of other cancer centers' amphotericin B infusion practices; research articles were selected for review if studies included settings and patient populations similar to those of the authors and if they used experimental designs. DATA SYNTHESIS: Studies were reviewed for scientific merit and clinical applicability according to the Stetler-Marram model; findings were used to develop a specific nursing protocol for infusion times of amphotericin B based on clinical criteria. CONCLUSIONS: The Stetler-Marram model helped staff nurses decide how to apply research findings to practice, although using it was difficult and required mentorship. A research base exists for amphotericin B administration time but not for test doses or premedications to prevent or minimize side effects. IMPLICATIONS FOR NURSING PRACTICE: Staff nurses can use the Stetler-Marram model but need resources and support from individuals, committees, and administration. A specific protocol representing a practice change was implemented and may be applicable to other settings.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Oncology nursing forum|
|State||Published - May 1994|
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