Baseline evidence-based practice use, knowledge, and attitudes of allied health professionals: a survey to inform staff training and organisational change

Wilkinson, Shelley Ann, Hinchliffe, F., Hough, J and Chang, A (2012) Baseline evidence-based practice use, knowledge, and attitudes of allied health professionals: a survey to inform staff training and organisational change. Journal of Allied Health, 41 4: 177-184.

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Author Wilkinson, Shelley Ann
Hinchliffe, F.
Hough, J
Chang, A
Title Baseline evidence-based practice use, knowledge, and attitudes of allied health professionals: a survey to inform staff training and organisational change
Journal name Journal of Allied Health   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0090-7421
1945-404X
Publication date 2012-01-01
Year available 2012
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 41
Issue 4
Start page 177
End page 184
Total pages 8
Place of publication Washington, DC, United States
Publisher Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Formatted abstract
AIM: Evidence-based practice (EBP) is fundamental to improving patient outcomes. Universal adoption of EBP into the allied health clinical setting has not yet occurred. The primary aim of this project was to capture baseline measurements of the level of EBP self-efficacy, outcome expectancy, knowledge and use at our health service prior to training and organisational changes to support EBP.

METHODS: All allied health staff (n=252) employed across the campus were invited to participate in an online survey consisting of a battery of validated and reliable survey tools. Professional background, knowledge and previous training in EBP and research processes were collected.

RESULTS: One hundred eighty-two allied health staff completed the survey (response rate 72%). One-way ANOVAs were used to compare levels of self-efficacy, outcome expectancy, knowledge and use, according to allied health discipline and experience with EBP and research processes. Mean scores for EBP attitudes (self-efficacy and outcome expectancy) and knowledge were higher than for use. Professional group differences were noted in the posthoc analysis of the significant EBP constructs. Regression analyses indicated that EBP course attendance as well as training in research design and analysis impacted positively on EBP construct scores.

CONCLUSIONS:
Despite positive attitudes about, a belief in and knowledge of EBP, selfreports of EBP processes do not indicate systematic application in the allied health workplace. The results of this research will inform a targeted intervention to foster ongoing training in EBP and research activity for allied health staff.
Keyword Allied Health Personnel
Self efficacy
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Created: Mon, 18 Nov 2013, 00:54:33 EST by Shelley Wilkinson on behalf of School of Pharmacy