This is the first of three consecutive blog posts on the research-to-practice gap,
and factors that are typically missed.
What would you say is the biggest barrier to clinicians knowing the research?
Most folks say “time”. Here and here they cite time as the biggest (or primary) barrier. Any time I go to a conference and participate in an EBP talk and somebody asks the audience this question, they always say time. Any time I go to a conference and nobody takes the question beyond time, I start to get a little cranky. Here’s why:
Time barriers are real, for sure. But “time” is a surface issue that hides what’s really going on.
And we need to start talking about the real problems.
What are the real problems? Clinicians, do an exercise with me, and you’ll see what I mean:
***NOTE that the time I just gifted you, above, barely scratches the surface. Brackenberry et al., 2008 suggest it takes 3–7 hours to pose a question, research it, read the evidence, and pose a solution.
OK, so what’s this BIG, under-acknowledged barrier?