Implementing evidence in practice: Do action lists work?

Martin Haley, Aimee Lettis, Philippa M. Rose, Lucy S C Jenkins, Paul Glasziou, Peter W. Rose*

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What is already known in this area: • Although action lists are commonly used in medical education, very little is known about their effectiveness. WHAT THIS WORK ADDS: • Delegates attending a course designed to update primary healthcare professionals in evidence-based practice recorded an average of 4.7 actions of which 41% were completed or on target after 6 months. • Greater success was achieved by those who put time aside to complete the work, gave it sufficient priority and had resources available to complete the action. • This research establishes that success factors relevant in business are also key factors in medicine. SUGGESTIONS FOR FUTURE RESEARCH: • Using these findings, resources should be developed and tested to improve implementation of actions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)107-114
Number of pages8
JournalEducation for Primary Care
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2012


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