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Making evidence based practice a reality for mental health nursing


Cleary, M and Freeman, A and Walter, G and Hunt, GE, Making evidence based practice a reality for mental health nursing, Contemporary Nurse, 20, (2) pp. 278-89. ISSN 1037-6178 (2005) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.5172/conu.20.2.278


In recent years, efforts have been directed towards making mental health nursing more evidence-based. Making evidence based practice (EBP) a reality in modern health services requires due attention to service planning and management. It is acknowledged that there are many challenges and barriers to implementing EBP as outlined in this article. However, by using an example from our mental health service and drawing upon the literature, we show that a variety of techniques can be used to incorporate EBP into everyday practice. A combination of approaches is recommended, including education and training, leadership programs, research units, dissemination of research findings and structural changes to draw upon the expertise of key clinical, education, management and research staff.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:mental health nursing, benchmarking, research
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Mental health services
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public health (excl. specific population health)
Objective Field:Mental health
UTAS Author:Cleary, M (Professor Michelle Cleary)
ID Code:108444
Year Published:2005
Deposited By:Health Sciences
Deposited On:2016-04-19
Last Modified:2016-08-23

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