Take the quiz to test your understanding of the key concepts covered in the chapter. Try testing yourself before you read the chapter to see where your strengths and weaknesses are, then test yourself again once you’ve read the chapter to see how well you’ve understood.

1. Give eight reasons why nursing and midwifery research findings should be disseminated.


  • To build a body of evidence to ensure practice is evidence based.
  • To facilitate the delivery of safe, effective, high quality care
  • To enable patients, clients and families to make informed decisions about their care.
  • To maximise patient and client outcomes.
  • To facilitate patient and client satisfaction.
  • To support the development, evaluation and ongoing improvement of care.
  • To support the fulfilment of clinical governance requirements.
  • To promote the delivery of cost-effective care.
  • To ensure that the ethical, moral and professional responsibilities of nurses and midwives are addressed.
  • To reduce the risk of litigation for individual practitioners and the wider service.
  • To ensure nurses and midwives retain professional identity within the provision of healthcare.
  • To facilitate the autonomy of nurses and midwives.
  • To enable the researcher to fulfil their duty to the participants to disseminate the research findings.
  • To enable the researcher to fulfil any obligation they may have to the research funder and their employer to disseminate the research findings.

2. Suggest five different ways in which research findings can be disseminated 


  • Publication in journals, including Open Access journals and books
  • Research reports and summaries
  • Websites and other forms of social media
  • Conference presentations
  • Posters, displayed at conferences and in practice areas
  • Lunchtime meetings, seminars, workshops and teaching sessions
  • Newsletters, electronic or paper copy
  • Mainstream media such as magazines, newspapers, radio and television 

3. Suggest four benefits for nurses and midwives of having their work/research published:


  • Getting something back for their hard work
  • Making use of readily available material
  • Enhancing their CV and career opportunities
  • Networking
  • Developing a reputation for an interest and expertise in a particular subject area
  • Payment