Knowledge, attitude and implementation of evidence-based practice among physiotherapists working in the kingdom of saudi arabia: A cross-sectional survey

Fatmah Hasani, Joy C. Macdermid, Ada Tang, Michelle Kho, Ahmad H. Alghadir, Shahnawaz Anwer

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Abstract

The current study aimed to investigate knowledge, attitudes, and implementation of evidence-based practice among physiotherapists working in Saudi Arabia. A sample of physiotherapists working in various outpatient settings in Saudi Arabia participated in this survey. Sixty-four therapists (30 females, 34 males) completed a 28-item survey questionnaire. Approximately half of the participants indicated that evidence-based practice was useful and important for clinical practice. About 60% of the participants reported that they have adopted the evidence-based practice on a regular basis. Participants who had a membership in a physiotherapy organization and had advanced degrees showed more positive attitudes (t = −2.31, p = 0.02 and t = −2.15, p = 0.04, respectively) and greater levels of knowledge (t = −2.32, p = 0.02 and t = −3.86, p = 0.001, respectively) regarding evidence-based practice terminology. Furthermore, place of training (trained overseas) was associated with a positive attitude towards literature findings (t = 2.26, p = 0.03). The results of this study demonstrated that participants reported that evidence-based practice had not been extensively implemented, despite positive attitudes regarding its implementation among physiotherapists practicing in Saudi Arabia.

Original languageEnglish
Article number354
JournalHealthcare (Switzerland)
Volume8
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2020

Keywords

  • Barriers
  • Decision-making
  • Healthcare
  • Patient care
  • Physical therapy
  • Rehabilitation
  • Survey

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Informatics
  • Health Policy
  • Health Information Management
  • Leadership and Management

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