Getting evidence into practice: ingredients for change

Nurs Stand. 2002 May 29-Jun 4;16(37):38-43. doi: 10.7748/ns2002.


Mounting pressure is being exerted to ensure that the delivery of care is evidence-based and clinically effective. However, the challenge this presents to practitioners is complex. The authors propose that successful implementation of evidence into practice is a function of three elements: the nature of the evidence; the context in which the change is to take place; and the way the process is managed. A framework has been developed to represent these factors. For those about to embark on implementation work, this article closes by highlighting a number of key questions for consideration, stimulated by the framework.

MeSH terms

  • Delivery of Health Care / standards*
  • Evidence-Based Medicine
  • Health Promotion
  • Humans
  • Quality Assurance, Health Care