Iona Novak PhD, MSc (Hons), BAppSc OT; Head of Research. Sarah McIntyre MPS, BAppSc, OT; Research Fellow.
The effect of Education with workplace supports on practitioners’ evidence-based practice knowledge and implementation behaviours
Article first published online: 21 JUN 2010
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Australian Occupational Therapy Journal
Volume 57, Issue 6, pages 386–393, December 2010
How to Cite
Novak, I. and McIntyre, S. (2010), The effect of Education with workplace supports on practitioners’ evidence-based practice knowledge and implementation behaviours. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, 57: 386–393. doi: 10.1111/j.1440-1630.2010.00861.x
- Issue published online: 22 NOV 2010
- Article first published online: 21 JUN 2010
- Accepted for publication 20 January 2010.
- change management;
- continuing education;
- evidence-based medicine;
Background/aim: Individual and workplace barriers affect uptake of evidence-based practice (EBP). This study evaluated the effects of a 1-day workshop with workplace supports on allied health professionals’ EBP knowledge and behaviour.
Methods: A prospective longitudinal pre-post design was used. A total of 88 allied health professionals participated. Knowledge was measured using the Adapted Fresno Test (AFT), behaviour was measured using frequency counts of presentations using EBP methodologies and critically appraised topics (CATs) were produced. Mean differences were analysed using pairedt-tests.
Results: EBP knowledge significantly improved immediately after education on the AFT (from 36.67 to 46.84/156) a mean change of 10.17 points (95% confidence interval (CI): 7.19–13.50) (P < 0.001). Behaviour also changed over 18 months. EBP content in presentations increased from 3 to 100% (t = 24.39,P < 0.001, 95%CI: 0.86–1.03). CATs produced significantly increased by 0.26 per head (t = 5.55,P < 0.001, 95% CI: 0.17–0.35).
Conclusions: Education with workplace supports (supervision, incentives, resource allocation and working groups) may lead to improvements in EBP knowledge and implementation.