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Author(s): Williams B | Jennings PA | Fielder C | Ghirardello A

Journal: Advances in Medical Education and Practice
ISSN 1179-7258

Volume: 2013;
Issue: default;
Start page: 245;
Date: 2013;
Original page

ABSTRACT
Brett Williams, Paul A Jennings, Chris Fielder, Amanda Ghirardello Department of Community Emergency Health and Paramedic Practice, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, Monash University – Peninsula Campus, Frankston, VIC, Australia Background: Knowledge translation involves the dissemination and application of scientific research findings into clinical practice. In the health care arena, uptake of evidence-based assessment and intervention strategies is aimed at reducing inefficiencies and ultimately improving patient outcomes. However, numerous studies have purported gaps in knowledge translation in the health care professions. The objective of this study was to classify the traits of undergraduate paramedic students from Monash Univeristy, Australia, using the practice style inventory (PSI). Methods: A cross-sectional study of students across all undergraduate years from Emergency Health and Emergency Health/Nursing was completed. Student knowledge translation levels were measured using the 17-item paper-based PSI. Results: A total of 266 students participated in the study, of which 68.4% were females. The majority of participants were
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