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J Gerontol Nurs. 2010 Jan;36(1):41-8. doi: 10.3928/00989134-20091204-04. Epub 2010 Jan 12.

Implementing evidence-based practice in Taiwanese nursing homes: attitudes and perceived barriers and facilitators.

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Department of Nursing, Faculty of Health Sciences, The University of Yuanpei, Hsinchu, Taiwan.


To date, there is a paucity of research investigating nurses' perceptions of evidence-based practice (EBP) in nursing homes, especially in non-Western countries. This descriptive, quantitative study investigated attitudes toward and perceived barriers and facilitators to research utilization among 89 Taiwanese RNs. The majority of nurses expressed positive attitudes toward research and EBP. The most frequently cited barriers were related to insufficient authority to change practice, difficulty understanding statistical analyses, and a perceived isolation from knowledgeable colleagues with whom to discuss the research. EBP facilitators included improved access to computers and Internet facilities in the workplace, more effective research training, and collaboration with academic nurses. These findings are similar to those from research conducted in Western countries and indicate that further education and training in research for nurses working in nursing homes would be beneficial.

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