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Exploring the role of line managers in implementing evidence-based practice in social services and older people care
Karolinska Institutet.
Karolinska Institutet.
Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Caring Science/Nursing. Karolinska Institutet.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9035-0669
Karolinska Institutet.
2016 (English)In: British Journal of Social Work, ISSN 0045-3102, E-ISSN 1468-263XArticle in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

This qualitative study explored the vital role of line managers, namely the managerial

level directly above employees, in effectively implementing evidence-based practice

(EBP) from their own perspectives. Interviews were carried out with twenty-eight line

managers within social services and older people care in seven Swedish municipalities.

Thematic analysis was performed. Findings revealed that managers in social care perceived

their role as important in implementing EBP. However, notable differences

were observed between the two settings, where social services managers had more

knowledge and held more positive attitudes towards working according to EBP, and

described a more active role in the implementation process than managers in older

people care. Overall, the implementation of EBP was performed ad hoc rather than

systematically, and with little consideration to analysis of needs according to the local

context and limited focus on follow-up and sustainability. This study highlighted that

line managers in social services and older people care have different prerequisites for

implementing EBP, and are greatly dependent on organisational strategies and context.

Gaining knowledge of line managers’ perceptions is essential for making informed

decisions regarding the support required to achieve EBP in social care, and

thus for providing the best possible care for clients.

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Keyword [en]
Implementation; line managers; leadership; evidence-based practice; social care
National Category
Medical and Health Sciences
Research subject
Health and Welfare, Kunskapsbaserad praktik och brukarmedverkan för en evidensbaserad socialtjänst
URN: urn:nbn:se:du-23766DOI: 10.1093/bjsw/bcw004OAI: oai:DiVA.org:du-23766DiVA: diva2:1060109
Available from: 2016-12-27 Created: 2016-12-27 Last updated: 2016-12-29Bibliographically approved

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