Document Type : Original Article


1 Nursing and Midwifery Care Research Center, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran,

2 Health Information Technology Research Center, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran


INTRODUCTION: Diabetes is one of the most common metabolic disorders in the world and because
of high prevalence and incidence rate, it is a serious challenge posed to the health system in Iran.
Despite extensive knowledge of the desirable care for these patients, evidence suggests that the
quality of care provided to these patients is not desirable.
OBJECTIVE: The aim is to develop a training program to enhance the preparation of health
professionals for evidence utilization in providing comprehensive health cares to patients with diabetes.
MATERIALS AND METHODS: This is an exploratory mixed‑method study using consecutive
qualitative–quantitative methods that will be conducted in three phases using the approach proposed
by Werner and DeSimone to design the program. In the first phase, a qualitative study will be
conducted for context assessment and identification of the requirements to enhance evidence
utilization taking into account the overall knowledge translation process using semi‑structured
interviews with policymakers and health professionals. In the second phase, a training program will
be designed based on the data extracted from the first phase, experts’ opinions, and review of the
literature. In the third phase, the training program will be implemented, and its effectiveness on the
readiness of multidisciplinary health professionals for evidence utilization will be evaluated.
CONCLUSION: The results of this study will provide a better understanding of how to identify and
incorporate contextual factors and the real needs of health‑care professionals and develop a program
tailored to improving their readiness to use evidence. It can subsequently lead to providing quality
care to patients with diabetes.


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