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  1. Duffy, Joanne R. PhD, RN, FAAN
  2. Culp, Stacey PhD
  3. Sand-Jecklin, Kari EdD, MSN, RN, AHN-BC
  4. Stroupe, Lya DNP, RN, CPNP
  5. Lucke-Wold, Noelle BSN, RN


OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to compare baseline and year 1 findings from a research-focused academic-service partnership (ASP) designed to increase research capacity, evidence-based practice (EBP) use, and research productivity.


BACKGROUND: Few combined individual and organizational best practices could be found that successfully sustain EBP. An ASP model, using structural and enabling processes, was evaluated.


METHODS: Using a nonexperimental pretest-posttest design, 67 acute care nurses who participated at baseline were resurveyed, and year 1 focus groups were conducted.


RESULTS: Knowledge increased from baseline to year 1, and nurses who participated on a committee with an embedded scientist were more knowledgeable at year 1 than those who did not. While EBP confidence and self-reported EBP use did not improve, research productivity increased 33%. Year 1 focus groups identified facilitators and barriers.


CONCLUSION: Findings support some EBP benefits related to a research-focused ASP including research productivity; however, implementation barriers and contextual factors may have limited potential outcomes.