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RMJ. 2020; 45(2): 493-496

Knowledge and Use of Evidence-Based Practice among physical therapists, dieticians and nurses

Ameena Amjad, Amen Fatima, Abida Bashir.


Objective: To determine physical therapists, dieticians and nurses self-reported practice and knowledge of evidence-based practice (EBP), to determine availability of resources for accessing information & related skills and to identify the barriers in implementation of EBP in everyday practice.
Methodology: This comparative cross sectional survey used convenience sampling technique. Physical therapists, dieticians and nurses working at different public & private institutes of Lahore 81 each) were included in the study. Data were collected using a translated questionnaire, which was made to survey health professionals and was found to be a consistent instrument.
Results: Physical therapists, dieticians and nurses had knowledge and understanding of EBP and they know the usage of research evidence for making clinical decisions. Literature survey and research findings were viewed useful in routine clinical practice. The mainstream showed having the requisite skills for evaluating and apprehending the evidence. Insufficient time was considered as a major barrier for the application of EBP. No significant differences were found among groups.
Conclusion: All three groups showed positive opinion and knowledge of EBP. Survey results can help health care trainers while designing EBP coaching syllabus.

Key words: Physical therapy, allied health professionals, Nurses, Evidence based practice, Evidence based medicine, knowledge.

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