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  1. Stavor, Dawn Carol DNP
  2. Zedreck-Gonzalez, Judith DNP
  3. Hoffmann, Rosemary L. PhD


OBJECTIVE: This study explored the relationship between perceived barriers to research use and the implementation of evidence-based practice (EBP) among rural hospital nurses.


BACKGROUND: The Institute of Medicine recommends that 90% of clinical decisions be evidence based by 2020.


METHODS: This descriptive, quality improvement study used a convenience sampling of registered nurses (RNs). Participants completed multiple questionnaires.


RESULTS: Overall the attitude toward EBP was positive. Nurses recognize the importance to their practice but identified a lack of educational preparation regarding the process of research utilization.


CONCLUSION: Providing education on research process and supportive monitoring during implementation may increase compliance with EBP initiatives.