Jenny Morris, Amy Stewart and Janet Richardson

International Journal of Palliative Nursing, Vol. 19, Iss. 6, 27 Jun 2013, pp 296 - 300

Introduction: Multiprofessional home care and hospice teams should play a part in evidence-informed decision making. Aims: To assess organisational readiness to adopt evidence-informed decision making in a hospice in England. Design: A mixed-methods approach was used. Clinical staff were surveyed regarding their attitudes to and skills in using evidence, and senior managers completed an organisation-based self-assessment tool recording the readiness of the organisation to embrace an evidence-informed focus. Results: 81% of the staff completed the survey. Staff were committed to the principles of evidence-informed decision making, but overall lacked the necessary knowledge and skills. Information obtained from the management self-assessment highlighted that a priority was to develop an evidence-informed decision-making culture focusing on education, training, and policy development. Conclusion: The process used in this evaluation may be applicable to other areas of health care when assessing an organisation's readiness to incorporate evidence-informed decision making into policy and procedure.

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