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Factors affecting evidence translation for general practice nurses


Mills, J and Field, JG and Cant, R, Factors affecting evidence translation for general practice nurses, International Journal of Nursing Practice, 17, (5) pp. 455-463. ISSN 1322-7114 (2011) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1111/j.1440-172X.2011.01962.x


This paper explores the domains of influence affecting practice nurses’ ability to find, evaluate and use clinical evidence. A cross-sectional survey of general practice nurses (n = 590) in Victoria, Australia in 2008 provided data for a principal components analysis. The research replicates a study undertaken in the UK using the Developing Evidence-Based Practice Questionnaire. Five domains of influence on nurses’ translation of evidence were identified: skills in finding/reviewing evidence; barriers to finding/reviewing evidence; knowledge from published sources; knowledge from other sources; and barriers or facilitators to change. Each domain was interpreted as underlying the relationship of nurses with evidence-based practice and was comparable to the original study’s findings when subjected to factor analysis. Findings from this study show that the Developing Evidence-Based Practice Questionnaire—Au is a valid and useful instrument in determining the influences on practice nurses’ ability to effect knowledge translation and conduct practice based on evidence. Given these findings, a new model is proposed that explains the influence of a number of domains on Australian general practice nurses’ translation of knowledge into practice.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Developing Evidence-Based Practice Questionnaire; evidence-based nursing; nursing informatics; practice nurse; primary nursing care
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Nursing
Research Field:Nursing not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Evaluation of health and support services
Objective Field:Evaluation of health outcomes
UTAS Author:Field, JG (Dr John Field)
ID Code:78021
Year Published:2011
Web of Science® Times Cited:13
Deposited By:Health Sciences B
Deposited On:2012-06-12
Last Modified:2012-08-30

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