Preparing for professional practice: how well does professional training equip health and social care practitioners to engage in evidence-based practice?

Caldwell, Kay and Coleman, Kate and Copp, Gina and Bell, Linda and Ghazi, Fery (2007) Preparing for professional practice: how well does professional training equip health and social care practitioners to engage in evidence-based practice? Nurse Education Today, 27 (6). pp. 518-528. ISSN 0260-6917

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Abstract

This paper reports on the findings of a study that aimed to explore how relevant initial training is in relation to evidence-based practice, and explore the perceptions of recently qualified practitioners about their confidence to engage in evidence-based practice. A cross-sectional postal survey was used to ascertain the views of nurses, social workers, occupational therapists and physiotherapists who had been qualified no longer than two years prior to the survey, and had qualified at one of three London Universities. Fifty questionnaires were sent out to each professional group (a sample of 200 overall) and there was a 43% response rate achieved. The results show a clear discrepancy between what are generally positive attitudes towards evidence-based practice and the value of research evidence and the infrequency with which they actually do make use of research resources and engage in evidence-based practice. A number of constraints to engagement in accessing and utilising evidence were identified.

Item Type:Article
Research Areas:School of Health and Education > Institute of Nursing and Midwifery
School of Health and Education > Education
Citations on ISI Web of Science:5
ID Code:3011
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