Hospital readiness for undertaking evidence-based practice: A survey

Thi Ngoc Minh Nguyen, Anne Wilson

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Despite the fact that evidence-based practice has increasing emphasis in health care, organizations are not always prepared for its implementation. Identifying organizational preparedness for implementing evidence-based practice is desirable prior to application. A cross-sectional survey was developed to explore nurses’ perception of organizational support for evidence-based practice and was implemented via a self-enumerated survey completed by 234 nurses. Data were analyzed with descriptive and inferential statistics. Nurses reported that implementation of evidence-based practice is complex and fraught with challenges because of a lack of organizational support. A conceptual framework comprising three key factors: information resources, nursing leadership, and organizational infrastructure was proposed to assist health authorities in the implementation of evidence-based practice. Suggestions of how organizations can be more supportive of research utilization in practice include establishing a library, journal clubs/mentoring programs, nurses’ involvement in decision-making at unit level, and a local nursing association.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)465-472
Number of pages8
JournalNursing and Health Sciences
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2016


  • conceptual framework
  • evidence-based practice/evidence-based nursing
  • leadership
  • organizational readiness
  • Vietnam


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