Social, health and rehabilitation sector educators’ competence in evidence-based practice: A cross-sectional study

Johanna Halvari, Kristina Mikkonen*, Maria Kääriäinen, Heli Kuivila, Arja Holopainen, Kati Immonen, Meeri Koivula, Camilla Koskinen, Tuulikki Sjögren, Helvi Kyngäs, Anna Maria Tuomikoski

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Abstract

Aim: The purpose of the study was to identify and describe the characteristic profiles of evidence-based practice competence of educators in the social, health and rehabilitation sectors and to establish relevant background factors. Design: This study was carried out as a descriptive cross-sectional study. Methods: Data were collected from social, health and rehabilitation sector educators working in the 21 Finnish universities of applied sciences and seven vocational colleges (n = 422; N = 2,330). A self-assessment instrument measuring evidence-based practice competence was used. Competence profiles were formed using a K-cluster grouping analysis. Results: Three distinct competence profiles were identified and delineated. Most educators feel that they can guide students' critical thinking and are able to seek and produce scientific knowledge. Evidence-based practice competence was explained by background factors such as year of graduation (for higher degree), level of education, job title, current employer and current field of work.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3222-3231
Number of pages10
JournalNursing Open
Volume8
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2021
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Keywords

  • competence
  • educator
  • evidence-based practice
  • health care
  • rehabilitation
  • social care

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