Table 5

Associations between skills and use of sources of evidence
Sources of evidence Self-reported skills
Finding research-based evidence Beginner or novice Quite good Competent or expert P value1
Information obtained from articles published in nursing journals <0.001
Seldom/never 119 (53.1) 43 (36.4) 18 (30.5)
Sometimes 79 (35.3) 63 (53.4) 27 (45.8)
Often/always 26 (11.6) 12 (10.2) 14 (23.7)
Information obtained from articles published in medical journals <0.001
Seldom/never 137 (61.2) 46 (39.0) 16 (27.1)
Sometimes 68 (30.4) 58 (49.2) 24 (40.7)
Often/always 19 (8.5) 14 (11.9) 19 (32.2)
Assessing research-based evidence
Information obtained from articles published in nursing journals <0.001
Seldom/never 134 (51.3) 35 (34.7) 11 (28.2)
Sometimes 101 (38.7) 55 (54.5) 14 (35.9)
Often/always 26 (10.0) 11 (10.9) 14 (35.9)
Information obtained from articles published in medical journals <0.001
Seldom/never 152 (76.4) 90 (59.6) 19 (37.3)
Sometimes 39 (19.6) 46 (30.5) 16 (31.4)
Often/always 8 (4.0) 15 (9.9) 16 (31.4)
Using research-based evidence to change practice
Information obtained from articles published in nursing journals <0.001
Seldom/never 147 (50.9) 27 (31.4) 5 (20.0)
Sometimes 114 (39.4) 46 (53.5) 10 (40.0)
Often/always 28 (9.7) 13 (15.1) 10 (40.0)
Information obtained from articles published in medical journals <0.001
Seldom/never 164 (56.7) 31 (36.0) 3 (12.0)
Sometimes 107 (37.0) 34 (39.5) 9 (36.0)
Often/always 18 (6.2) 21 (24.4) 13 (52.0)

1Chi-square test.

Dalheim et al.

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

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