Capability beliefs and the intention to adopt evidence-based practices in the future among nursing students: An international study

Leodoro J. Labrague*, Denise McEnroe-Petitte, Melba Sheila D'Souza, Helen Shaji John Cecily, Olaide B. Edet, Julia Enang Ibebuike, Latha Venkatesan

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Background: Capability beliefs and the intention to adopt EBP in future nursing practice have been identified as strong antecedents of subsequent utilization of EBP. Despite this, a multicountry comparison may yield interesting findings that can be useful in designing empirically based and culturally tailored strategies to facilitate and enhance students' capability beliefs as well as their intentions to integrate evidence into nursing practice. Aims and objectives: This report sought to compare capability beliefs and intentions to adopt EBP in the future among student nurses from four countries—specifically, Oman, India, Nigeria, and Saudi Arabia—and to identify specific variables that predict the intention to adopt EBP. Methods: This study employed a descriptive, cross-sectional, comparative research design to gather data from a convenience sample of 1387 nursing students from four countries using self-report questionnaires that captured their EBP capability beliefs and their intention to adopt EBP in clinical practice upon graduation. This study adhered to STROBE guideline for cross-sectional studies. Results: Overall, nursing students reported a high intent to adopt EBP in their future nursing practice; however, the exact rate varied according to the country of origin. Students' gender, student track, education, country of origin, access to the internet, and capability beliefs were seen as important in explaining the likelihood of future implementation of evidence in clinical nursing practice. Capability beliefs among students were moderate, with large differences observed between countries. Conclusions: Although the surveyed nursing students reported moderate capability beliefs, their intention to adopt and integrate EBP in their future nursing practice was relatively high. Relevance to clinical practice: The findings of this study highlight the critical role of nurse educators and nurse administrators in fostering EBP capability beliefs and future intentions to adopt among students through curricular review, implementation of evidence-based strategies, and the promotion of EBP culture within the clinical learning sites.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)301-307
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Professional Nursing
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Sept 1 2020


  • Capability beliefs
  • Evidence-based practices
  • Intention to adopt
  • Nursing
  • Student

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Nursing


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