Guidelines for a Research Roundtable
Ingredients for Success:
1.) Identify clinical need or research question from motivated
2.) Formulate and conduct a productive search strategy (Formulating a Search
3.) Critique the literature (search findings)
4.) Evaluate the merit of the literature including its applicability and utility
5.) Disseminate Research Roundtable findings as appropriate
6.) Offer continuing education credits for each session to
How to Conduct a Research Roundtable
1.) Establish a Roundtable Faculty, that consists of representatives from
Nursing Education and Service including an expert in library science. Faculty need not be
experts for the specific Research Roundtable topic but must possess skill in
guiding participants in research utilization.
2.) Solicit motivated participants (Host Team) that have a clinical need or research question.
3.) Host Team participants meet with the library science expert to conduct a successful search strategy prior to first of the four-part monthly Research Roundtable
4.) During the first of a four-part series, the Host Team “re-enacts” the conduction of the search strategy with the assistance of the library science faculty member.
5.) Before each monthly Roundtable Session, the Host Team meets with Roundtable Faculty to review and critique all search (research) findings. This
team selects two studies to be critiqued in Sessions 2 and 3 of the Research Roundtable that will be used by participants to build or enhance their analysis skills, including determining the applicability and utility of the research findings.
6.) At Sessions 2 and 3 of the Roundtable, paired members of the faculty – one from Nursing Education and the other from Nursing Service – serve as facilitators including providing education to participants as they critique the literature. Use of a standard format for conducting such analysis is helpful and participants that include members of the Host Team and interested nurses and nursing students are able to obtain copies of the selected studies to be critiqued prior to each session.
7.) Session 4 is where the Host Team (and other participants) determine the next appropriate steps to be taken with the evidence that has been learned from the studies critiqued during the Roundtable and the additional studies critiqued by the Host Team throughout the four month period.
8.) Research Roundtables have resulted in the conduction of additional literature searches, outcomes research studies, modification of clinical protocols and the education of nurses and nursing students on new assessment or intervention skills.
9.) While attendance at all four monthly sessions for each Research Roundtable yields the greatest learning, it is possible for nurses and nursing students to benefit from
any or all of these educational offerings.
10.) Successful Research Roundtables are a collaborative project with
Nursing Service and Education whereby nurse managers support staff use of time to
attend offerings and apply findings back in the clinical