Utilization of EBP leads to better outcomes for patients, reduces healthcare-acquired complications, and reduces cost of care (Cullen & Hanrahan, 2018). Barriers to reaching the IOM goal of 90% evidence- based practice include resistance and lack of time. Resistance is one of the hardest challenges to overcome in making changes to practice. Reasons for resistance include fear of change, lack of education around new practices, multiple changes at one time, and reverting back to old habit (Joyce, 2014). To help overcome resistance, practice changes should be made in stages with ample time to implement the change and education around the proposed change prior to and during the transition. Providing education to staff during safety huddles and staff meetings are a good way to start the change process. Explaining the ‘why’ behind the change can help staff to see the need for the change and increase compliance in implementation of the practice change if they understand how the new process can increase patient safety. Another barrier to reaching the IOM goal is time restrictions. Nurses often work
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- Spring '19
- IOM, Evidence-based medicine, Cullen & Hanrahan