Mapping attitudes and awareness with regard to national guidelines: an e-mail survey among decision makers
Version of Record online: 22 JUL 2013
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Journal of Nursing Management
Special Issue: This issue: Effectiveness and implementation of patient safety Issue editor: Elisabeth Severinsson
Volume 22, Issue 7, pages 884–893, October 2014
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2014) Journal of Nursing Management 22, 884–893. Mapping attitudes and awareness with regard to national guidelines: an e-mail survey among decision makers, , & (
- Issue online: 9 OCT 2014
- Version of Record online: 22 JUL 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: 17 DEC 2012
- School of Health Science and the Associate Professor Mentoring Scheme
- Blekinge Institute of Technology
- Department of Health Sciences
- Blekinge Research Council and Blekinge Competence Centre
- electronic survey;
- evidence-based practice;
- mental health
The adoption of evidence-based guidelines within the mental health field has been slow. Changing inadequate practice is therefore a formidable challenge for mental health-care managers.
To explore decision-makers' attitudes and awareness regarding the national guidelines for psychosocial interventions targeting people with schizophrenia.
A questionnaire distributed by e-mail to 592 Swedish decision-makers was analysed using descriptive and comparative techniques.
Significantly more of the top-level mental health-care managers than politicians stated that they knew about the national guidelines (i.e. their release and content) and they considered the guidelines to be a good source of support for planning and allocating resources.
If those responsible for allocating resources (i.e. politicians) are unaware of the dissemination of national guidelines or their content, and they do not perceive the national guidelines to be a good source of support for planning and allocating resources, this is likely to have a negative influence on the remit of nurse managers as well as nursing practice.
Implications for nursing management
Top-level mental health-care managers have a vital role to play in the implementation of national guidelines. However, our findings indicate that implementing national guidelines in practice could be virtually impossible without strategic government support.