Evidence-based practice at Patan Academy of Health Sciences, Nepal: knowledge, attitude, behavior and barriers

Authors

  • Sudarshan Paudel Patan Academy of Health Sciences, Lalitpur, Nepal
  • Balakrishnan M. Acharya Patan Academy of Health Sciences, Lalitpur, Nepal
  • Khagi Maya Pun Patan Academy of Health Sciences, Lalitpur, Nepal
  • Sushil Paudel Civil Hospital, Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Krishnan Bahadur KC Patan Academy of Health Sciences, Lalitpur, Nepal
  • Amit Arjyal Patan Academy of Health Sciences, Lalitpur, Nepal

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.3126/jpahs.v5i1.24049

Keywords:

evidence-based practice, faculties, health sciences, attitude-knowledge-behaviour

Abstract

Introduction: Evidence based practice (EBP) is the use of current best evidence in making decisions about the care of individual patients. The aim of this study was to explore the practices, attitudes, knowledge and perceived barriers in relation to EBP among faculty members at Patan Academy of Health Sciences (PAHS), Nepal.

Methods: This was a cross-sectional survey study. Participants were faculty members (both clinical and non-clinical) at PAHS. The main outcomes were attitude towards the usefulness of EBP, the frequency of use of EBP in practice, and the barriers to carrying out EBP.

Results: One hundred and seventy-two faculty members participated in this survey. Ninety five percent knew it was used for clinical decision making and the majority used it for teaching. Senior faculty spent more time on searching for evidence and reading compared to junior faculty. There was no difference between clinical and non-clinical departments. The main barriers to EBP were inadequate teaching learning support by 49% (85/172) followed by inadequate time 30% (52/172).

Conclusions: The study showed that faculty at PAHS had a generally positive attitude towards EBP. EBP could be better facilitated by proper teaching and allocation of dedicated time.

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Author Biographies

Sudarshan Paudel, Patan Academy of Health Sciences, Lalitpur, Nepal

Associate Professor, School of Public Health

Balakrishnan M. Acharya, Patan Academy of Health Sciences, Lalitpur, Nepal

Associate Professor, Department of Orthopaedic and Trauma

Khagi Maya Pun, Patan Academy of Health Sciences, Lalitpur, Nepal

Associate Professor, School of Nursing and Midwifery

Sushil Paudel, Civil Hospital, Kathmandu, Nepal

Registrar, Department of Dermatology

Krishnan Bahadur KC, Patan Academy of Health Sciences, Lalitpur, Nepal

Lecturer, School of Public Health

Amit Arjyal, Patan Academy of Health Sciences, Lalitpur, Nepal

Assistant Professor, School of Public Health

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Published

2018-06-29

How to Cite

Paudel, S., Acharya, B. M., Pun, K. M., Paudel, S., KC, K. B., & Arjyal, A. (2018). Evidence-based practice at Patan Academy of Health Sciences, Nepal: knowledge, attitude, behavior and barriers. Journal of Patan Academy of Health Sciences, 5(1), 82–89. https://doi.org/10.3126/jpahs.v5i1.24049

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Medical Education: Original Aricles