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Barriers to accessing evidence-based information

Ros Bertulis Outreach information manager, Royal College of Nursing, London

This review of the literature found that perceived lack of time is the main barrier to evidence-based practice for nurses. A lack of information technology skills and access affects nurses’ use of research evidence. Nurses tend to base the selection of information sources on convenience and accessibility rather than quality. They also tend to rely on colleagues as information sources and prefer to refer to them than to printed or computerised sources.

Correspondence rosamund.bertulis@rcn.org.uk

Nursing Standard. 22, 36,35-39. doi: 10.7748/ns2008.05.22.36.35.c6541

Published in print: 14 May 2008

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This article has been subject to double blind peer review