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Evidence Based Practice Among Primary Care Nurse Practitioners

Posted on:2012-02-12Degree:DoctorType:Dissertation
Country:United StatesCandidate:Stephen Van RoperFull Text:PDF
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This study describes primary care nurse practitioner (PCNP) beliefs in, knowledge, implementation and utilization of evidence based practice (EBP). Research questions answered are: 1. What are the levels of belief, implementation, knowledge and utilization of EBP among PCNPs? 2. Is there a relationship with PCNP demographics (personal, professional, and practice), belief, knowledge, implementation and utilization of EBP? 3. Do PCNP demographics (personal, professional, and practice) and scores on belief, knowledge and implementation influence EBP utilization? EBP is considered a standard of care and essential to nurse practitioner practice. The primary advantages of EBP include improved quality of care through the utilization of patient resources, provider resources and experiences, current research and scientific information. However, few studies describe nurse practitioner beliefs, knowledge in EBP and the extent to which this may affect primary care nurse practitioners’ (PCNP) utilization of EBP in their practice. Four questionnaires incorporated into one survey were used to examine PCNP beliefs, knowledge, implementation and utilization of EBP. JNC7 guideline knowledge and self-reported use was used to measure EBP utilization. A convenience sample of 202 FNPs, ANPs and GNPs were obtained during the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners National Conference 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. PCNPs surveyed were found to have a high level of belief in EBP but did not report implementing EBP more than 3 times in the past 8 weeks. Belief was statistically higher in doctorally prepared PCNPs. Ninety-five percent of the participants were familiar with the JNC7 guideline but the group scored a mean of 69% on knowledge of JNC7 guideline specifics. Only 25% of respondents indicated they utilized guidelines in hypertension management. Future studies should include quantitative and qualitative evaluation of EBP implementation facilitators and obstacles. Findings in this study have provided initial information to better understand PCNPs and EBP.
Keywords/Search Tags:Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Evidence Based Practice
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