Development and validation of the competence in evidence based practice questionnaire (EBP-COQ) among nursing students

BMC Medical Education (Impact Factor: 1.22). 02/2013; 13(1):19. DOI: 10.1186/1472-6920-13-19
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Nursing educators need rigorously developed instruments to assess competency in evidence based practice (EBP) at undergraduate level. This concept is defined as the capability to choose and use an integrated combination of knowledge, skills and attitudes with the intention to develop a task in a certain context. Also, we understand that EBP is gaining knowledge and skills, as well as increasing positive attitudes toward EBP that will promote a change in behaviour to implement EBP in practice. This study aims to develop a psychometric test of the Evidence Based Practice Evaluation Competence Questionnaire (EBP-COQ) among undergraduate nursing students.

The questionnaire was developed by item generation through a review of scientific literature and focus groups. The instrument was validated in terms of content validity through an expert review. The EBP-COQ was administered to a cohort of nursing students (n =100) to evaluate test reliability and select the best items. Psychometric properties of the final instrument were assessed in a sample of 261 nursing students.

The EBP-COQ consisted of 25 items. A factorial analysis grouped the items into the three categories that define competence relating to EBP: attitude, knowledge and skills. Cronbach’s alpha was 0.888 for the entire questionnaire. The factor solution explained 55.55% of the variance.

EBP-COQ appears to measure with adequate reliability the attributes of undergraduate nursing students’ competence in EBP. The instrument is quick to disseminate and easy to score, making it a suitable instrument for nursing educators to evaluate students’ self-perceived competence in EBP.

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    • "An updated literature review was conducted every 6 months after the onset of this project. Two additional survey instruments were identified which again did not adequately assess the three domains of interest (see Table 1).[5,7,9,16171819202122232425262728293031An extensive search of the literature using EBSCO Host Medline, Cumulative Index toNursing(HAPI) was performed from 1980-2015. "

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    • "One tool, the EBP-COQ (Ruzafa-Martinez et al., 2013), was developed specifically for undergraduate nursing students. The tool was designed specifically for use in a Spanish context and has demonstrated evidence of reliability and validity. "
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