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Evidence-based practice

Evidence-based practice

Evidence-based practice (EBP) refers to the systematic process where-by decisions are made and actions or activities are undertaken using the best evidence available. The aim of evidence-based practice is to remove as far as possible, subjective opinion, unfounded beliefs, or bias from decisions and actions in organisations. Evidence for decisions comes from various sources:

  1. Peer-reviewed research
  2. Work-based trial and error testing
  3. Practitioner experience & expertise
  4. Feedback from practice, practitioners, customers, clients, patients or systems

Evidence based practice also involves the ability to be able to evaluate and judge the validity, reliability and veracity of the evidence and it’s applicability to the situation in question. This means that there are a series of methods and approaches for developing practice, and that evidence-based practitioners undergo continual development and training as practice develops.

EBP has been a growing phenomenon in many areas, most notably the air industry and health services.

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