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What is evidence-based practice?

Davis, Leigh M. & Courtney, Mary D. (2008) What is evidence-based practice? In Lindsay, Ellie & White, Richard (Eds.) Leg ulcers and problems of the lower limb : an holistic approach. HealthComm, Aberdeen, pp. 101-114.

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Abstract

The critical application of evidence to practice is essential to the role of any professional. For healthcare professionals seeking to provide care that will deliver the best possible outcomes for patients, it is especially important to be able to assess current evidence to guide clinical decision-making. Evidence-based practice (EBP) has become synonymous with the move within healthcare organisations to shift away from a culture of authority-based practice, where decisions are based on opinion, past practice and ritual, towards a culture where healthcare decisions are based on the best available evidence. This chapter will briefly outline the history of EBP, what is meant by evidence and where to find it. It will also cover the importance of critically appraising evidence before it is incorporated into practice. Finally, the importance of evaluating any changes to clinical practice is highlighted.

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ID Code: 17396
Item Type: Book Chapter
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Keywords: Leg ulcers, Aged care
ISBN: 9780955575808
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > NURSING (111000) > Aged Care Nursing (111001)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Nursing
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 HealthComm
Deposited On: 05 May 2009 10:36
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:44

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