Family nurse practitioner student perception of journal abstract usefulness in clinical decision making: A randomized controlled trial
Article first published online: 6 MAR 2013
©2013 The Author(s) ©2013 American Association of Nurse Practitioners
Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners
Volume 25, Issue 11, pages 597–603, November 2013
How to Cite
Johnson, H. L., Fontelo, P., Olsen, C. H., Jones, M. K. D. and Gimbel, R. W. (2013), Family nurse practitioner student perception of journal abstract usefulness in clinical decision making: A randomized controlled trial. American Assoc Nurse Prac, 25: 597–603. doi: 10.1111/1745-7599.12013
This work is supported by USUHS Protocol #R02930.2. The opinions or assertions contained herein are the private ones of the authors and are not to be construed as official or reflecting the views of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, the U.S. Department of Defense, the National Library of Medicine, or the National Institutes of Health.
- Issue published online: 25 OCT 2013
- Article first published online: 6 MAR 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: NOV 2011
- Manuscript Received: JUL 2011
- USUHS. Grant Number: #R02930.2
- Advanced practice nurse (APN);
- clinical decision making;
- decision making;
- evidence-based practice;
- information technology;
- nurse practitioners
To assess family nurse practitioner (FNP) student perception of research abstract usefulness in clinical decision making.
A randomized controlled trial conducted in a simulated environment with graduate FNP students of the Graduate School of Nursing, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. Given a clinical case study and modified MEDLINE search tool accessible via an iPad device, participants were asked to develop a treatment plan and complete a data collection form. The primary measure was perceived usefulness of the research abstracts in clinical decision making regarding a simulated obese patient seeking to prevent type 2 diabetes. Secondary measures related to participant demographics and accessibility and usefulness of full-text manuscripts.
The majority of NP students identified readily available research abstracts as useful in shaping their clinical decision making. The presence or absence of full-text manuscripts associated with the abstracts did not appear to influence the perceived abstract usefulness. The majority of students with full-text manuscript access in the timed simulated clinical encounter read at least one paper, but cited insufficient time to read full-text as a constraint.
Implications for practice
Research abstracts at point of care may be valuable to FNPs if easily accessible and integrated into clinical workflow.