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  1. Duffy, Joanne R. PhD, RN, FAAN
  2. Culp, Stacey PhD
  3. Yarberry, Colleen BSN, RN
  4. Stroupe, Lya DNP, RN, CPNP
  5. Sand-Jecklin, Kari EdD, MSN, RN
  6. Sparks Coburn, Amy PhD, FNP-BC


OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study is to report baseline findings from a research-focused academic-service partnership.


BACKGROUND: Despite widespread efforts, the research-practice gap remains considerable. A research-focused academic-service partnership may offer a strategy for decreasing this gap.


METHODS: With the use of a shared model and a descriptive correlational design, 75 acute care nurses were sampled from July to October 2013.


RESULTS: Attitudes toward evidence-based practice (EBP) were favorable, but knowledge of common research language was low and EBP confidence was reported as moderate. Evidence-based practice confidence had the strongest relationship to EBP use and was greatest in those who held professional certification and were more educated.


CONCLUSION: Findings continue to demonstrate the need for new approaches to reduce the research-practice gap.