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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Analysis of the Impact of a National Intitiative to Promote Evidence-Based Nursing Practice
Author(s): Ring, Nicola A
Coull, Alison F
Howie, Catherine
Murphy-Black, Tricia
Watterson, Andrew
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Keywords: Evidence-based practice
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Issue Date: Aug-2006
Citation: Ring NA, Coull AF, Howie C, Murphy-Black T & Watterson A (2006) Analysis of the Impact of a National Intitiative to Promote Evidence-Based Nursing Practice, International Journal of Nursing Practice, 12 (4), pp. 232-240.
Abstract: Best Practice Statements are designed to facilitate evidence-based practice. This descriptive, exploratory study evaluated the impact of five of these statements in Scotland. A postal survey of 1278 registered nurses was undertaken to determine use of these statements and their perceived benefits (response rate: 42%, n=539). Use of the Best Practice Statements differed across clinical sites and some statements were more likely to be used than others. Identified barriers and drivers to their use were similar to factors known to encourage or hinder evidence-based practice generally. Although approximately 25% of clinical respondents reported using the Best Practice Statements, most respondents reported perceived benefits to patients usually through quality improvement. Results highlight the importance of facilitation and supportive contexts in encouraging clinical use of these statements. Findings suggest that variation in clinical implementation of the BPS need to be addressed locally and nationally if their benefits are to be maximised.
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Rights: Published in the International Journal of Nursing Practice by Wiley-Blackwell.; This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: International Journal of Nursing Practice, Volume 12, Issue 4, pp. 232 - 240, which has been published in final form at

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