Identifying barriers to the application of evidence based practice in mental health nursing

McCloughen, A.

Contemporary Nurse 11(2-3): 226-230

2001


ISSN/ISBN: 1037-6178
DOI: 10.5172/conu.11.2-3.226
Accession: 068502561

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Abstract
Although contemporary nursing literature urges clinicians to embrace the principles of evidence-based practice and utilise research to guide professional activity, this challenge has frequently gone unheeded by mental health nurses. Indeed the reality of merging research and practice is a complex process impeded by significant barriers. Examination of these barriers provides credible reasonfor mental health nurses' slow progress toward evidence-based nursing practice to date. However, exploration of these barriers also leads to the identification of strategies to overcome them, inevitably rendering the current situation untenable.