Implementation of evidence-based nursing practice for diabetic patients: An Iranian experience

Authors

  • Shokoh Varaei BScN MSc PhD,

    Assistant Professor
    1. Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
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  • Mahvash Salsali BScN MSc PhD,

    Professor
    1. Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
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  • Mohammad Ali Cheraghi BScN MSc PhD

    Associate Professor, Member of Center for Nursing Research, Corresponding author
    • Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
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  • Conflict of interest: No conflict of interest has been declared by the authors.
  • Author contributions: Shokoh Varaei contributed to the study design, data collection and analysis, and is responsible for the drafting of the manuscript.

    Mahvash Salsali and Mohammad Ali Cheraghi contributed to the study design, supervision, data analysis, manuscript writing and critical revisions for important intellectual content.

Correspondence: Mohammad Ali Cheraghi, Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Eastern-Nosrat Street, Touhid Square, PO Box 1419733171, Tehran 1473676613, Iran. Email: mcheraghi@tums.ac.ir

Abstract

Evidence-based nursing is recognized as an indicator of quality in nursing practice, a basis for accountability and the gold standard of professional nursing care. The aim of this study was to explore nurses’ experiences and perceptions about evidence-based nursing practice in giving care to patients with diabetic foot ulcers. A qualitative research design was adopted, and content analysis was used to analyse data. Semistructured interviews were held with 19 bachelor-degree nurses working in a teaching hospital in an urban area of Iran. During data analysis, two main themes developed: ‘structural backgrounds of the organization’ and ‘empowerment’. Accordingly, it was concluded that successful implementation of evidence-based nursing requires the reconfiguration of the administrative structure in the hospital. In addition, it requires the support of nurse leaders to facilitate the implementation of evidence-based nursing in the practice.

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