Factors affecting evidence translation for general practice nurses

Authors

  • Jane Mills RN PhD MN MEd BN Grad.Cert.Edu.(Tert.Teach) FRCNA,

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    1. Senior Lecturer, School of Nursing, Midwifery and Nutrition, James Cook University, Cairns Campus, Smithfield, Queensland, Australia
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  • John Field RN PhD DNE BLegSt FRCNA FCN,

    1. Associate Professor, School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Tasmania, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
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  • Robyn Cant PhD MHlthSc GradDipHlthEd

    1. Research Fellow, Monash University, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Churchill, Victoria, Australia
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Jane Mills, School of Nursing, Midwifery and Nutrition, James Cook University, Cairns Campus, Smithfield, Qld 4872, Australia. Email: jane.mills@jcu.edu.au

Abstract

Mills J, Field J, Cant R. International Journal of Nursing Practice 2011; 17: 455–463

Factors affecting evidence translation for general practice nurses

This paper explores the domains of influence affecting practice nurses' ability to find, evaluate and use clinical evidence. A cross-sectional survey of general practice nurses (n = 590) in Victoria, Australia in 2008 provided data for a principal components analysis. The research replicates a study undertaken in the UK using the Developing Evidence-Based Practice Questionnaire. Five domains of influence on nurses' translation of evidence were identified: skills in finding/reviewing evidence; barriers to finding/reviewing evidence; knowledge from published sources; knowledge from other sources; and barriers or facilitators to change. Each domain was interpreted as underlying the relationship of nurses with evidence-based practice and was comparable to the original study's findings when subjected to factor analysis. Findings from this study show that the Developing Evidence-Based Practice Questionnaire—Au is a valid and useful instrument in determining the influences on practice nurses' ability to effect knowledge translation and conduct practice based on evidence. Given these findings, a new model is proposed that explains the influence of a number of domains on Australian general practice nurses' translation of knowledge into practice.

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