Poster Presentation

Wednesday, July 11, 2007
9:00 AM - 9:45 AM

Wednesday, July 11, 2007
2:45 PM - 3:30 PM
This presentation is part of : Poster Presentation I
Information Needs and Uses of Nurses in Thailand: What Thai Nursing Needs to Prepare for Evidence-Based Nursing Practice
Wiriya Phokhwang, RN, MSN, PhD(c), Nursing, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC, USA and Edward J. Halloran, RN, MPH, PhD, FAAN, Nursing Systems, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, USA.
Learning Objective #1: learn what information Thai nurses need and use for their nursing care and practice in general and for specific nursing care activities.
Learning Objective #2: to apply, if they want to promote evidence-based practice in their nursing work place, what information and resources they need to prepare.

In promoting evidence-based practice (EBP) among nurses, every party relevant to nursing should understand what information nurses need and use in both general and specific activities and what factors influence these needs and uses. Many studies have assessed what information nurses need and use in general or in nurses’ role-related tasks. No single study has investigated information needs and uses for specific nursing-care activities such as care for patients dying or experiencing pain. This original study aims to describe and explore these missing aspects by employing Henderson and Nite’s Principles and Practice in Nursing to describe nursing-care activities and Dervin’s Sense-Making and Wilson’s Model of Information Behavior to explain Thai nurses’ information needs and uses and the factors that influence them.

Stratified sampling, with proportional allocation, will be applied to survey 995 baccalaureate-degree nurses   working at 90 public hospitals, drawn from 56,323 target nurses working at 834 target hospitals throughout Thailand.
The study will employ a researcher-developed questionnaire, preliminarily tested with 30 Thai and 23 American nurses and validated by 7 content experts after refinement. Experts’ agreements on the included items for content relevance were higher than 80%. After being validated and double-back translated, the questionnaire will be pilot-tested and retested with a 2-week interval with a convenient sample of 30 Thai nurses. The researcher will mail or hand a package of a questionnaire, instructions, and an informed-consent form to randomly selected nurse samples in the main study from January to March 2007. Analysis of data extracted from the questionnaire will include both descriptive and inferential statistics such as logistic regressions and generalized estimating equations (GEE). The results will be generalizable not only to nurses in Thailand, where EBP has been recently introduced into nursing care, but also to nurses in other countries.