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Keywords

Clinical guidelines, Evidence-based practice, Practice guidelines

 

Authors

  1. Pogorzelska, Monika MPH
  2. Larson, Elaine L. PhD, RN, FAAN

Abstract

Although studies on the implementation and adherence to specific practice guidelines have been proliferating, research examining the attitude of healthcare workers toward practice guidelines in general has been lacking. This study is a secondary analysis of data collected from 39 volunteer hospitals participating in the National Nosocomial Infection Surveillance System on attitudes of intensive care unit staff regarding practice guidelines in general. Age, profession, type of intensive care unit, and race were identified as significant predictors of attitude scores in this study. Understanding the differences in perceived barriers is important for the adherence to practice guidelines.