What is the relationship between nurses' attitude to evidence based practice and the selection of wound care procedures?

Dugdall, Hayley and Watson, Roger (2009) What is the relationship between nurses' attitude to evidence based practice and the selection of wound care procedures?. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 18 10: 1442-1450. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2702.2008.02715.x

Author Dugdall, Hayley
Watson, Roger
Title What is the relationship between nurses' attitude to evidence based practice and the selection of wound care procedures?
Journal name Journal of Clinical Nursing   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0962-1067
Publication date 2009-05
Year available 2009
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1365-2702.2008.02715.x
Volume 18
Issue 10
Start page 1442
End page 1450
Total pages 9
Editor Carol Haigh
Debra Jackson
Roger Watson
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Collection year 2010
Language eng
Subject C1
920210 Nursing
111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified
Formatted abstract
Aim. To investigate qualified nurses' attitudes to evidence-based practice and whether this influenced their selection of wound care products.

Background. The literature shows that previous studies on attitudes to evidence-based practice tended to be part of a wider study. The general consensus was that there was a positive attitude to evidence-based practice. However, there appeared to be no published studies specifically addressing nurses' attitudes to evidence-based wound care.

Design. Survey design using a questionnaire completed by 156 qualified nurses working in three UK National Health Trusts.

Results. A statistically significant difference was seen between those nurses with a tissue viability link nurse role (p = 0·002) and those without a link nurse role; those educated to first degree (p < 0·001) and those without a first degree; and those who had received formal tissue viability training (p < 0·001) and those with informal tissue viability training. There was also a highly statistically significant relationship between the clinical grade of staff and the overall attitude to evidence-based practice (p < 0·001).

Conclusions. Nurses who had attained a higher level academic qualification, had a tissue viability link nurse role and those who had received formal tissue viability training scored generally higher in the wound care knowledge tests and in attitude to evidence-based practice.

Relevance to clinical practice. The care received by patients in relation to wound care could be dependent upon factors that are related to the individual characteristics of the nurse providing the care and these factors, in turn, are related to education and training with respect to wound care. Better general education and better specific training in wound care could lead to better wound care.

Keyword attitudes
evidence-based practice
wound care
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