Evidence-based practice (EBP) has evolved from concerns for patient safety. Few studies exist regarding EBP among registered dietitians (RDs). The objective of this pilot study was to describe perceptions, attitudes, and knowledge and clinical use of EBP among practicing RDs. Results suggest that despite access to databases, RD respondents used evidence-based resources less than once a month. Primary barriers to the implementation of EBP were lack of available mentors, insufficient training, and limited time. Increased frequency of using resources was positively associated with an improved ability to incorporate EBP in clinical practice. In conclusion, targeted educational interventions may be needed to increase clinical use of EBP among practicing RDs.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Nutrition and Dietetics
- evidence-based practice
- registered dietitian