A cross sectional survey was undertaken with the objectives of recording podiatrists' level of awareness, knowledge and opinions towards evidence-based practice (EBP). A postal questionnaire was sent to 2000 randomly selected podiatrists and chiropodists of whom 1026 (51.8%) responded, following reminders. Most were very supportive of EBP, although the majority felt they needed further information about the concept. Also respondents cited barriers to EBP including lack of skills and time. Obtaining funding for further training was also an issue. Many of the respondents (particularly those in private practice) felt that they needed further training with regard to research, information technology and critical appraisal skills. The results of this study suggest that although there is support for EBP amongst podiatrists, there is a need for more educational initiatives to be developed to address these difficulties. Coinciding with this development, support strategies are needed to allow practitioners more time to pursue EBP activities.
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||British Journal of Podiatry|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Feb 2003|