Learning Challenges Associated with Evidence-Based Practice in Rheumatology
Sammanfattning: Background: Rheumatology is a field of practice that is undergoing many changes, leading to growing demand for rheumatology practitioners to keep up-to-date about the research developments in their field and to implement new findings and recommendations into clinical practice. Research within implementation science has shown that there are numerous barriers to the clinical use of research-based knowledge in health care. Implementation of evidencebased practice (EBP) requires a great deal of learning on the part of practitioners. It is likely that practitioners in rheumatology face similar challenges to those in other clinical fields, but there is a paucity of research concerning the implementation of EBP in rheumatology and the learning required.Aims: The overall aim of the research project was to generate knowledge concerning the learning challenges associated with evidence-based practice in rheumatology.Methods: Qualitative methods were used to explore the use of knowledge sources in rheumatology nursing and the learning opportunities in clinical rheumatology for participants belonging to five professional groups. Quantitative methods sought to examine to what extent evidence-based practice was implemented in clinical rheumatology practice and which individual and organizational factors affected research use. A theory-based study analysed the learning processes associated with achieving an evidence-based practice.Results: Four sources of knowledge were identified for rheumatology nursing practice: interaction with other people in the workplace (peers in particular) and previous knowledge and experience were perceived as preferred sources of knowledge, while written materials and contacts outside the workplace were less privileged. Learning opportunities occurring during daily practice were perceived by participants of all professional groups to consist predominantly of interactions with professional peers in the workplace. Participants perceived a lack of recognized learning opportunities such as continuing professional education and regular participation in rheumatology-specific courses and conferences. Participants also expressed that time for reflection and up-dating knowledge was short in everyday clinical work. The quantitative data showed that while the general interest for EBP was high in rheumatology practice, individual interest and professional self-efficacy related to EBP varied. A longer work-experience in rheumatology, better self-efficacy concerning the use research-based knowledge and more experience from research activities were positively associated with the use of research in practice. The theoretical analysis showed that challenges of implementing evidence-based practice concern not only the acquisition of research-based knowledge and the integration of this knowledge in practice, but also the abandonment of outdated practices.Conclusions: In this thesis, implementation of EBP in rheumatology has been shown to be a complex issue. Social, contextual and individual aspects were found to be involved in the learning processes, the use of knowledge sources and learning opportunities, as well as in the EBP-relevant behaviours that are enacted in clinical rheumatology. The thesis hopes to contribute to a better understanding of the learning challenges in connection with the implementation of EBP in rheumatology practice.
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