Date of Award

Fall 12-2013

Document Type


First Advisor

Dr. Leslie Moore

Second Advisor

Dr. Deborah MacMillan

Third Advisor

Dr. Brett Morgan


Evidence-based practice is the integration and synthesis of the best research evidence with clinical expertise and patient values. Use of evidence-based practice decreases variability in care and improves patient outcomes. This research project assessed variables that inhibit the adoption of evidence-based practice into individual CRNAs’ practice. Ninety-two CRNAs in Georgia participated in an email survey to assess attitudes and perceived barriers to evidence-based practice. Attitudes toward evidence-based practice were assessed with the Evidence-Based Practice Questionnaire (EBPQ), and perceived barriers to the use of evidence-based practice were assessed with the BARRIERS scale. A Pearson product-moment correlation coefficient was computed to assess the relationship between collected CRNA demographics and each o f the instruments. There was a significant and positive correlation between characteristics of the CRNA and CRNA experience (r = .27, n = 69, p = .02), indicating that more experienced CRNAs perceived greater barriers to utilization of EBP. There was also a significant and negative correlation between characteristics of the CRNA and level of education (r =-.34, «=69, p=.005), indicating that as CRNA education increases, perceived barriers to utilization of EBP decrease. No statistical significance was found in relationships between any other CRNA characteristics and perceived barriers.

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