Evidence-based Practice Exposure and Physiotherapy Students' Behaviour during Clinical Placements: A Survey
Version of Record online: 24 MAR 2014
Copyright © 2014 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Physiotherapy Research International
Volume 19, Issue 4, pages 238–247, December 2014
How to Cite
2014), Evidence-based Practice Exposure and Physiotherapy Students' Behaviour during Clinical Placements: A Survey, Physiother. Res. Int., 19; pages 238–247, doi: 10.1002/pri.1590, , , , , and (
- Issue online: 27 NOV 2014
- Version of Record online: 24 MAR 2014
- Manuscript Accepted: 13 FEB 2014
- Manuscript Revised: 13 DEC 2013
- Manuscript Received: 27 MAY 2013
- cross-sectional studies;
- evidence-based practice
Background and purpose
Physiotherapists are expected to practice in an evidence-based way. Evidence-based practice (EBP) should be an integral part of the curriculum to ensure use of the five EBP steps: asking clinical questions, searching for and appraising research evidence, integrating the evidence into clinical practice and evaluating this process. The aim of this study was to compare self-reported EBP behaviour, abilities and barriers during clinical placements reported by five cohorts of final year physiotherapy students' with different EBP exposure across the 3-year bachelor programme.
A cross-sectional study was conducted among five cohorts (2006–2010) with third year physiotherapy students at a University College in Norway. In total, 246 students were eligible for this study. To collect data, we used a questionnaire with 42 items related to EBP behaviour, ability and barriers. Associations were investigated using the Spearman's rho (r).
In total, 180 out of 246 third year physiotherapy students, who had recently completed a clinical placement, filled out the questionnaire (73 %). The association between the level of EBP exposure and students' self-reported EBP behaviour, abilities and barriers was low for most items in the questionnaire. Statistically significant correlations were found for eight items, related to information need, question formulation, use of checklists, searching and perceived ability to search for and critically appraise research evidence. The strongest correlation was found between the level of EBP exposure and ability to critically appraise research evidence (r = 0.41, p < 0.001).
An association between the level of EBP exposure and physiotherapy students' EBP behaviour was found for elements such as asking and searching, ability to search for and critically appraise research evidence, and experience of critical appraisal as a barrier. Further research need to explore strategies for EBP exposure throughout the curriculum, regarding content, timing, amount and type of training. Copyright © 2014 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.