Evidence-based practice among doctors in specialty training in a pediatric hospital in Peru

Silvia Huaillani, Zoila Moreno-Garrido, Katherine Pérez-Acuña, Ericson L. Gutierrez*, Carlos D. Neyra-Rivera

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The purpose of this study is to determine the use of evidence-based practice among doctors in specialty training at Instituto Nacional del Niño-San Borja in Lima, Peru. (INSN-San Borja). A total of 200 doctors in paediatric specialty training were included in this cross-sectional study. The Health Sciences Evidence-Based Practice (HS-EBP) questionnaire was performed to assess the use of evidence-based clinical practices. The questionnaire has five dimensions: “Beliefs and attitudes” (D1), “Results from scientific research” (D2), “Development of professional practice” (D3), “Assessment of results” (D4), and “Barriers and facilitators” (D5). Each of the five HS-EBP questionnaire dimensions had a median score of 107, 107, 79, 88, and 77, respectively. The ranges of possible scores in each dimension were as follows: from 12 to 120 in D1, D4, and D5; from 14 to 140 in D2; and from 10 to 100 in D3. This study shows that doctors in specialty training at the INSN-San Borja obtained median scores over the mean of possible scores in each of those dimensions, with a lower score in D5 (Barriers and facilitators). This shows that these doctors use evidence-based practice, however they consider there are barriers for its application. According to our observations, the main barrier is the lack of available time due to other clinical commitments.

Translated title of the contributionPráctica basada en evidencia entre médicos en formación de especialidad en un hospital pediátrico del Perú
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)23-27
Number of pages5
JournalDYNA (Colombia)
Issue number228
StatePublished - Sep 2023


  • evidence-based medicine
  • evidence-based practice
  • healthcare, physicians


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