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Building a community nursing research community of practice

02 February 2022
Volume 27 · Issue 2

Most health and social care is provided to adults at home and in care homes. The need for community nursing has rapidly risen during the COVID-19 pandemic, with a 41% increase in people dying at home (O'Donnell et al, 2021), and many more people have experienced conditions and health issues requiring community nursing interventions. However, there is a dearth of nurses who are leading and contributing to research on community healthcare and generating evidence to underpin care. Lack of evidence impedes policymakers in commissioning high-quality community healthcare and optimising outcomes for patients and their families. This editorial seeks to establish a Community of Practice for Community Nursing Research working group, collaborating with key partners such as the Queen's Nursing Institute ( and International Collaboration for Community Health Nursing Research ( The Community of Practice would create a forum to share ideas, network and build activity in community nurse-led research.

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