Evidence-based practice: the importance of education and leadership


Birgitta Johansson
Department of Oncology
Uppsala University Hospital
S-751 85 Uppsala
E-mail: birgitta.johansson@onkologi.uu.se


johansson b., fogelberg-dahm m. & wadensten b. (2010) Journal of Nursing Management18, 70–77
Evidence-based practice: the importance of education and leadership

Aim  To describe evidence-based practice among head nurses and to explore whether number of years of duty is associated with such activities. Further to evaluate the effects of education on evidence-based practice and perceived support from immediate superiors.

Background  Registered nurses in Sweden are required by law to perform care based on research findings and best experiences. In order to achieve this, evidence-based practice (EBP) is of key importance.

Method  All 168 head nurses at two hospitals were asked to participate. Ninety-nine (59%) completed the survey. Data were collected using a study-specific web-based questionnaire.

Results  The majority reported a positive attitude towards EBP, but also a lack of time for EBP activities. A greater number of years as a head nurse was positively correlated with research utilization. Education in research methods and perceived support from immediate superiors were statistically and significantly associated with increased EBP activities.

Conclusions  The present study highlights the value of education in research methods and the importance of supportive leadership.

Implications for nursing management  Education is an important factor in the employment of head nurses. We recommend interventions to create increased support for EBP among management, the goal being to deliver high-quality care and increase patient satisfaction.