Tools to assess evidence-based practice behaviour among healthcare professionals

Katrien Oude Rengerink, Sandra E Zwolsman, Dirk T Ubbink, Ben W J Mol, Nynke van Dijk, Hester Vermeulen, K Oude Rengerink

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OBJECTIVE: To identify and compare tools to assess Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) behaviour among healthcare professionals.

DESIGN: Systematic review.

DATA SOURCES: MEDLINE, EMBASE, Cochrane Library, PsychInfo and CINAHL up to July 2011.

STUDY SELECTION: Titles, abstracts and eligible full text articles were screened by two reviewers independently.

DATA EXTRACTION: Relevant data were extracted by one reviewer and checked by a second reviewer.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA FOR SELECTING STUDIES: original studies among all healthcare professionals that described the development or use of EBP behaviour assessment tools.

RESULTS: Of 19 310 identified articles, 172 studies were included. We identified 117 questionnaires, 10 interviews or focus groups, nine observational studies, 27 chart evaluations and nine studies used a combination of methods. Psychometric properties of the questionnaires used were reported in about half of the studies, in seven studies that assess a single EBM step and in six studies that assess a combination of EBM steps. One of these assessed all five steps of EBP.

CONCLUSIONS: Valid and reliable EBP behaviour assessment tools are available. However, only one questionnaire validly assessed all five EBP steps, covering the entire concept of EBP.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)129-38
Number of pages10
JournalEvidence-Based Medicine
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2013


  • Evidence-Based Medicine
  • Health Personnel
  • Humans
  • Psychometrics
  • Questionnaires


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