Dissemination of evidence based practice project results in nursing

Sample Question

Describe one internal and one external method for the dissemination of your EBP project results. For example, an internal method may be the hospital board, and an external method may be a professional nursing organization. Discuss why it is important to report your results to both of these groups. How will your communication strategies change for each group?

Sample Answer

Dissemination of evidence based practice results involves targeted circulation of information and interventions to a particular public health or clinical practice audience (Choi, 2005). The main objective of dissemination is to increase and promote the spread of knowledge regarding evidence based interventions, with an intention of enhancing its greater application and patient outcomes (Cain & Mittman, 2012).  There are various internal and external methods of disseminating evidence based project. However, the method applied should be effective.

Effective dissemination is characterized by positive engagement of the targeted audience, which enhances awareness, understanding and motivation to implement in the workplace. The choice of dissemination methods depends on the targeted audience. Healthcare audience is mostly interested on how specific evidence fit into a specific context and the implications of adopting the changes on various aspects, such as policy, quality of care, staffing and funding among other aspects (Cain & Mittman, 2012). 

The internal method that I would use to disseminate the evidence based practice is the hospital board. Hospital board essentially comprises of the employees of the health organization, such as nurses, physicians and other professionals involved in patient care. While disseminating the EBP to the hospital board the most appropriate method to apply would be face to face. The approach facilitates interaction and instant feedback especially during questioning sessions. 

The external method that I would apply is presentation in conferences of professional organizations, particularly American Nurses Association. The professional organization would provide an ideal platform to facilitate dissemination of the project to large audience of nurses. The method that I would use in the conference is face to face to facilitate consultation and discussion with other nursing professionals. The communication strategies applied would vary in the internal and external forums. For instance, the hospital board comprises of colleagues, which implies that the communication would be less formal and more interactive compared to presentation in American Nurses Association conference.

Presentation of my evidence based results to the two groups is important to facilitate sharing of the knowledge and information in the nursing fraternity.  This would enhance decision making capability among the group members involved in nursing practice and promote patient outcomes.  Moreover, reporting the findings to the groups would facilitate constructive criticism of the results, thereby providing an opportunity to improve them before implementation.


Cain,M., & Mittman, R.(2012). Diffusion of innovation in health care. California HealthCare   Foundation. Available at     http://www.chcf.org/~/media/MEDIA%20LIBRARY%20Files/PDF/PDF%20D/PDF%20DiffusionofInnovation.pdf

Choi, B.C(2005). Understanding the basic principles of knowledge translation. Journal of   Epidemiology and Community Health, 59(2):93.