University of Oulu

Halvari, J., Mikkonen, K., Kääriäinen, M., Kuivila, H., Holopainen, A., Immonen, K., Koivula, M., Koskinen, C., Sjögren, T., Kyngäs, H., & Tuomikoski, A.-M. (2021). Social, health and rehabilitation sector educators’ competence in evidence-based practice: A cross-sectional study. Nursing Open, 8, 3222– 3231.

Social, health and rehabilitation sector educators’ competence in evidence-based practice : a cross-sectional study

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Author: Halvari, Johanna1,2; Mikkonen, Kristina1; Kääriäinen, Maria1,3,4;
Organizations: 1Research Unit of Nursing Science and Health Management, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
2Oulu University of Applied Sciences, Oulu, Finland
3Medical Research Center Oulu, Oulu University Hospital and University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
4The Finnish Centre for Evidence-Based Health Care: A JBI Centre of Excellence, Finland
5Nursing Research Foundation, Helsinki, Finland
6WHO Collaborating Centre for Nursing, Helsinki, Finland
7Faculty of Social Sciences, Nursing Science, Health Sciences Teacher Education, Tampere University, Tampere, Finland
8Faculty of Health Sciences, Department of Caring and Ethics, University of Stavanger, Stavanger, Norway
9Åbo Akademi University, Vaasa, Finland
10Health Sciences Teacher Education (physiotherapy), Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences, University of Jyväskylä, Jyväskylä, Finland
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Language: English
Published: John Wiley & Sons, 2021
Publish Date: 2022-01-04


Aim: The purpose of the study was to identify and describe the characteristic profiles of evidence-based practice competence of educators in the social, health and rehabilitation sectors and to establish relevant background factors.

Design: This study was carried out as a descriptive cross-sectional study.

Methods: Data were collected from social, health and rehabilitation sector educators working in the 21 Finnish universities of applied sciences and seven vocational colleges (n = 422; N = 2,330). A self-assessment instrument measuring evidence-based practice competence was used. Competence profiles were formed using a K-cluster grouping analysis.

Results: Three distinct competence profiles were identified and delineated. Most educators feel that they can guide students’ critical thinking and are able to seek and produce scientific knowledge. Evidence-based practice competence was explained by background factors such as year of graduation (for higher degree), level of education, job title, current employer and current field of work.

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Series: Nursing open
ISSN: 2054-1058
ISSN-E: 2054-1058
ISSN-L: 2054-1058
Volume: 8
Issue: 6
Pages: 3222 - 3231
DOI: 10.1002/nop2.1035
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 316 Nursing
Funding: This study was funded by the Ministry of Education and Culture, Finland.
Copyright information: © 2021 The Authors. Nursing Open published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs License, which permits use and distribution in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, the use is non-commercial and no modifications or adaptations are made.