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Effects of an evidence-based practice education program using multifaceted interventions: A quasi-experimental study with undergraduate nursing students

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Background: Although Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) should be introduced early on in nursing education to develop students' independence and self-learning ability, there are few such courses for undergraduate nursing students in Korea. This study examined the effects of the EBP education program for undergraduate nursing students (EBP-EPUNS) on nursing students' knowledge, skills, attitudes, competencies, and future use of EBP. Methods: A quasi-experimental study design with pre-test, intervention, and post-test was used. The participants were 44 nursing students (experimental: 22, control: 22). A 20-h long EBP-EPUNS consisting of 5-step EBP components was provided through 8 sessions spread across 4 weeks. Results: An independent t-test and a repeated-measures ANOVA showed that the experimental group had statistically significant higher post-test scores on EBP knowledge (p < 0.001), skills (p < 0.001), attitudes (p < 0.001), competencies (p < 0.001), future use of EBP (p = 0.001), and critical thinking (p < 0.001), compared to the control group. Conclusion: The EBP education program was effective in improving the knowledge, skills, attitudes, competencies, and future use of EBP among nursing students. Hence, we recommend the EBP education program as a general education course for undergraduate nursing students to promote needed proficiency in EBP.

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Kim, J. S., Gu, M. O., & Chang, H. (2019). Effects of an evidence-based practice education program using multifaceted interventions: A quasi-experimental study with undergraduate nursing students. BMC Medical Education, 19(1). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12909-019-1501-6

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