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Evid Based Med. 2013 Aug;18(4):129-38. doi: 10.1136/eb-2012-100969. Epub 2013 Jan 24.

Tools to assess evidence-based practice behaviour among healthcare professionals.

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  • 1Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Academic Medical Center, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. k.ouderengerink@amc.uva.nl

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To identify and compare tools to assess Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) behaviour among healthcare professionals.

DESIGN:

Systematic review.

DATA SOURCES:

MEDLINE, EMBASE, Cochrane Library, PsychInfo and CINAHL up to July 2011.

STUDY SELECTION:

Titles, abstracts and eligible full text articles were screened by two reviewers independently.

DATA EXTRACTION:

Relevant data were extracted by one reviewer and checked by a second reviewer.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA FOR SELECTING STUDIES:

original studies among all healthcare professionals that described the development or use of EBP behaviour assessment tools.

RESULTS:

Of 19 310 identified articles, 172 studies were included. We identified 117 questionnaires, 10 interviews or focus groups, nine observational studies, 27 chart evaluations and nine studies used a combination of methods. Psychometric properties of the questionnaires used were reported in about half of the studies, in seven studies that assess a single EBM step and in six studies that assess a combination of EBM steps. One of these assessed all five steps of EBP.

CONCLUSIONS:

Valid and reliable EBP behaviour assessment tools are available. However, only one questionnaire validly assessed all five EBP steps, covering the entire concept of EBP.

PMID:
23349216
DOI:
10.1136/eb-2012-100969
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