Evidence-based practice is the “integration of best research evidence with clinical expertise and patient values.” It means that when health professionals make a treatment decision with their patient, they base it on their clinical expertise, the preferences of the patient, and the best available evidence.
We apply the same principles when we choose a new car, a restaurant at which to dine, or film to watch at the cinema. To find out whether they are good or not, we read restaurant reviews, watch specialist car programmes, ask friends, and refer to past experience.
In healthcare, evidence means ‘knowledge derived from research’. This focuses on an approach to evidence which aims to ensure that information:
Research, Rapid Reviews and Case Studies on COVID19 are being published every day and are readily available if you know how to search for them. If you would like us to search for you, please do ask Holly (email@example.com) for an evidence/literature search and we’ll turn it around as quickly as possible.
Brun, C. D., 2013. Finding the Evidence. The Information Standard.
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