Midwifery leaders’ views on the factors considered crucial to implementing evidence-based practice in clinical areas
Women and Birth
School of Nursing and Midwifery / School of Medical and Health Sciences
© 2020 Australian College of Midwives Problem: The evidence-to-practice gap continues to persist in healthcare and midwives report limited knowledge and use of effective intervention strategies to support the implementation of new evidence-based practices in clinical settings. Background: Despite ongoing development and dissemination of high quality research findings, the translation of latest research evidence by midwives into new evidence-based practices remains sub-optimal. This inefficiency places consumers at risk of obsolete or potentially dangerous healthcare interventions. Aim: To explore midwifery leaders’ views on what information and support midwives require to lead practice change initiatives in clinical areas. Methods: The study formed part of a broader Participatory Action Research (PAR) project designed to improve the processes by which midwives implement evidence-based practice change in clinical settings. The study employed a qualitative design and was guided by the methodological underpinnings of Action Research (AR). Findings: One core finding emerged to fulfil the aim and objectives of the study. To lead implementation of evidence-based practices, midwives need practical solutions and a map of the process, packaged into a centralised web-based resource. Discussion: The findings reported in this study provide valuable insight into the specific needs of midwives wanting to improve the uptake and longevity of new evidence based practices in clinical areas. This includes information specific to evidence implementation, support networks and knowledge of Implementation Science. Conclusion: To lead practice change initiatives, midwives require a web-based resource that standardises the process of evidence implementation, while providing midwives with clear direction and the support needed to confidently champion for evidence base change in clinical areas.