Table 2

Ranking of sources of evidence used for supporting clinical practice according to mean score
Rank Item1 Mean score (SD)
1 Information that I learn about each patient as an individual 4.35 (0.8)
2 My personal experience of caring for patients over time 4.09 (0.7)
3 Information I get from local policy and protocols 4.07 (0.7)
4 Information senior clinical nurses share, e.g. clinical nurse specialists, nurse practitioners 3.92 (0.6)
5 What doctors discuss with me 3.86 (0.6)
6 Information I learned in my training 3.79 (0.8)
7 Information my fellow practitioners share 3.78 (0.5)
8 New treatments and medications that I learned about when doctors prescribe them for patients 3.72 (0.8)
9 Information I get from attending in-service training/conferences 3.65 (0.8)
10 Information I get from national policy initiatives/guidelines 3.53 (0.9)
11 Information I get from product literature 3.51 (0.9)
12 Information in textbooks 3.33 (0.8)
13 What has worked for me for years 3.26 (0.8)
14 Information I get from local audit reports 3.16 (1.0)
15 My intuitions about what seems to be “right” for the patient 3.16 (0.9)
16 Information I get from the Internet 3.01 (0.9)
17 The ways that I have always done it 2.98 (0.8)
18 Articles published in nursing journals 2.65 (0.8)
19 Articles published in medical journals 2.60 (0.8)
20 Medications and treatments I gain from pharmaceutical or equipment company representatives 2.56 (1.0)
21 Articles published in research journals 2.42 (0.8)
22 Information I get from the media (e.g. magazines,TV) 1.98 (0.8)

Note: SD, standard deviation.

1Each item is scored as follows: 1 = never; 2 = seldom; 3 = sometimes; 4 = frequently; 5 = Always.

Dalheim et al.

Dalheim et al. BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:367   doi:10.1186/1472-6963-12-367

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