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Keywords:

  • evidence-based practice;
  • teaching;
  • nursing;
  • students

Abstract

Title. Evidence-based practice-focused interactive teaching strategy: a controlled study.

Aim.  This paper is a report of a study to evaluate the effectiveness of the evidence-based practice (EBP)-focused interactive teaching (E-FIT) strategy.

Background.  Although EBP is a mandatory competency for all healthcare professionals, little is known about the effectiveness of E-FIT in nursing.

Methods.  A quasi-experimental, controlled, pre- and post-test study involving senior, 4th-year nursing students (= 208) at two nursing schools in the USA was carried out from August 2007 to May 2008. The experimental group (= 88) received the E-FIT strategy intervention and the control group (= 120) received standard teaching. A Knowledge, Attitudes and Behaviors Questionnaire for Evidence-Based Practice was used to assess the effectiveness of the E-FIT strategy.

Results.  Independent t-tests showed that the experimental group had statistically significant higher post-test Evidence-Based Practice Knowledge (mean difference = 0·25; = 0·001) and Evidence-Based Practice Use (mean difference = 0·26; = 0·015) subscale scores compared to the control group, but showed no statistically significant differences in Attitudes toward Evidence-Based Practice and Future Use of Evidence-Based Practice (mean difference = −0·12; = 0·398 and mean difference = 0·13; = 0·255 respectively). Hierarchical multiple regression analyses of the post-test data indicated that the intervention explained 7·6% and 5·1% of variance in Evidence-Based Practice Knowledge and Evidence-Based Practice Use respectively.

Conclusion.  The EBP-focused interactive teaching strategy was effective in improving the knowledge and use of EBP among nursing students but not attitudes toward or future use of EBP.