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How people’s attitudes impact their use of evidence-based practice

Research Briefing

Keywords: Evidence-based practice, attitudes, practice, knowledge, education level

As evidence-based practice becomes a more central part of many organisations’ operational life, there is an increased interest in evidence-based practice implementation, primarily because evidence-based advocates find it difficult to get staff to engage with evidence-based practice in a meaningful way.

A 2019 study found that 63% of staff involved in evidence-based practice programmes admitted to having a negative attitude towards it, even though 57% of the staff considered they had a good knowledge of evidence-based practice. This negative attitude towards evidence-based practice has serious implications for the use, misuse and application of evidence-based practice in organisations.

The question is what leads to such attitudes and does evidence-based practice have a fundamental problem?

This research briefing is essential reading for anyone involved in implementing evidence based practice.

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