A systematic review of the psychiatric/mental health nursing research literature 1982-1992

J Psychiatr Ment Health Nurs. 1997 Jun;4(3):171-7. doi: 10.1046/j.1365-2850.1997.00042.x.


The purpose of this study was to assess the quality of quantitative psychiatric/mental health nursing research articles published in English between 1982 and 1992, worldwide. Criteria for selection of articles included nurse authorship or co-authorship, use of a quantitative design and pertinence to an aspect of the nursing process with psychiatric/mental health patients. One hundred and ninety-four articles met these criteria. The quality of each article was assessed by two nurse experts using Duffy's Research Appraisal Checklist (RAC). Forty-six point nine per cent of the articles were rated as superior, 50% as average and 3.1% as below average. Other findings identified journals that published research articles, countries in which research was completed, applicability of funding and qualifications of the authors. The major implications of this study are that nurses can be directed to superior articles; more publication of research by nurse authors is warranted, research is being completed with little financial support, highly rated research publications tend to get funding and editorial policies affect the quality of publication.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review
  • Systematic Review

MeSH terms

  • Authorship
  • Humans
  • Nursing Research / standards*
  • Nursing Research / trends
  • Psychiatric Nursing*
  • Publishing
  • Research Design
  • Research Support as Topic