Learning Objective 1: Describe the relationship between practice theory and evidence-based practice.
Learning Objective 2: Identify advantages to using practice theory as a strategy to optimize conditions for evidence-based practice.
Methods: Literature review; critical reflection and dialogue.
Conclusion: The position is taken that resource intensive efforts toward transforming institutional infrastructures are premature until a fundamental issue is confronted: the overwhelming volume of research literature available to nursing care providers is not in an efficient form. Even the most competent clinician could become overwhelmed with the vast amount of research evidence for a clinical situation. The position that situation producing practice theory is the missing element in bridging the gap between research and practice is presented. Situation producing practice theory produces a more generalizable and useful mechanism for using research evidence to guide nursing practice. Practice theory may also significantly reduce or even eliminate some of the barriers associated with EBP.
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