Nurses' information retrieval skills in psychiatric hospitals - Are the requirements for evidence-based practice fulfilled?

Marita Koivunen, Maritta Anneli Vaelimaeki, Heli Hätönen

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Abstract

Nursing professionals have long recognized the importance to practice of research and the value of research evidence. Nurses still do not use research findings in practice. The purpose of this paper was to describe nurses' skills in using literature databases and the Internet in psychiatric hospitals and associations of nurses' gender, age, and job position with their information retrieval skills. The study was carried out in 2004 among nursing staff (N = 183) on nine acute psychiatric wards in two psychiatric hospitals in Finland (n = 180, response rate 98%). The Finnish version of the European Computer Driving Licence test (ECDL) was used as a data collection instrument. The study showed that there were clear deficits in information retrieval skills among nurses working in psychiatric hospitals. Thus, nurses' competence does not support the realization of evidence-based practice in the hospitals. Therefore, it is important to increase nurses' information retrieval skills by tailoring continuing education modules. It would be also advisable to develop centralized systems for the internal dissemination of research findings for the use of nursing staff.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)27-31
Number of pages5
JournalNurse Education in Practice
Volume10
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2010
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Evidence-based practice
  • Information retrieval
  • Information technology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)
  • Education

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