Knowledge, Attitude, and Practices toward Evidence-Based Practice among Magnetic Resonance (MR) Radiographers in Klang Valley
Keywords:Attitude, evidence-based, practice, radiographer, knowledge
Background: Evidence-based practice is defined as combining the best research evidence with clinical experience, as well as patient values and circumstances. The literature, on the other hand, indicates that healthcare professionals are not implementing evidence-based practice as expected. In Malaysia, evidence-based practice implementation has not been addressed sufficiently among MR radiographers. Objective: To assess the knowledge, attitude, and practices (KAP) toward evidence-based practice (EBP) among magnetic resonance (MR) radiographers in Klang Valley. Methods: An online questionnaire survey was administered to MR radiographers in Klang Valley via social media. One hundred fourteen MR radiographers were selected from public and university hospitals in Klang Valley. The data collected was analyzed using frequencies and the chi-square test. Results: Poor level of EBP knowledge was demonstrated in response to questions about formal training and search strategies, formal training in critical appraisal, the ability to view research critically, locate relevant research and unfamiliarity of the terminology. The MR radiographers had positive attitude and agreed that the use of EBP was required for the procedure. In addition, MR radiographers also had low use and practice of EBP in their daily clinical work. Conclusion: Although radiographers' attitudes toward EBP appeared to be positive, the research concluded that MR radiographers' knowledge, use, and practice of EBP were underwhelming.