Evidence-based health visiting — the utilisation of research for effective practice

  • Sally Kendall
Part of the Community Health Care Series book series (CHCS)


The essence of this book is about the research base of community nursing and the need to enhance and utilise the evidence upon which community nursing practice is based. I would like to turn this around and to ask, from a health visiting perspective, where does evidence come from, and what evidence do we need for health visiting practice? I would like to explore some themes that are contemporary to professional health visiting practice, which will, hopefully, lead to discussion and debate to put an end, once and for all, to the question why do we need research in health visiting? We might more fruitfully be asking, why don’t we need research? Could the profession of health visiting survive in the current climate of emerging Primary Care Groups (DoH, 1997a) without research? It seems not, and in this chapter I intend to explore conceptual and practical issues surrounding the need for evidence-based health visiting.


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