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The Adoption and Implementation of Evidence-Based Practice Amongst Allied Health Professions

Stephens, Kirsty and Upton, Dominic and Scurlock-Evans, Laura and Upton, Penney (2012) The Adoption and Implementation of Evidence-Based Practice Amongst Allied Health Professions. In: British Psychological Society Annual Conference 2012, 18th-20th April 2012, London. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Background and aims: Evidence-based practice (EBP) is widely accepted within patient care as it ensures health care professionals remain informed of recent evidence and research relating to their clinical practice. However, the particular characteristics detrimental to the successful implementation of EBP within allied health professions’ (AHP) clinical practice are unknown.The purpose of this study was to assess and characterise adoption of EBP within AHP’s clinical practice. Methods: Questionnaires comprising the Evidence-Based Practice Questionnaire (EBPQ; Upton & Upton, 2006) were administered to 154 newly qualified practitioners (NPQs) from NHS Scotland. Data were analysed to determine attitudes, knowledge and skill of EBP; K-means cluster and chi-square analyses were conducted in order to differentiate profiles of NPQs within high-, medium- and low- categories on the EBPQ practice and knowledge/skills sub-sections. Findings: Moderate scores were recorded for NQP’s implementation, knowledge of, and attitudes toward EBP. Chi-square analysis performed on the high-, moderate- and low- practice and skills’ profiles revealed no significant results for NQP’s year qualified, age, or year of clinical practice. Conclusions: The findings illustrate that NQPs have a good understanding of the application and importance of implementing EPB. This study suggests the improvement in NQPs training with regards to EBP enables them to successfully transfer acquired knowledge within their clinical practice.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Evidence-based Practice, EBP, clinical practice, Allied Health Professions (AHP)
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
R Medicine > RT Nursing
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Academic Departments > Institute of Health and Society
Depositing User: Charlotte Taylor
Date Deposited: 12 Feb 2013 11:49
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2015 15:54
URI: https://eprints.worc.ac.uk/id/eprint/2136

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