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How to use the best research and practice-based evidence to make quality decisions

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Keywords: evidence-based practice, practice-based evidence, research, decision-making

Whilst many people get the general idea of evidence-based practice, and like it, actually turning it into a ‘practice’ is often another matter. There have been many attempts over the years of developing a process to help practitioners combine the primary elements of evidence-based practice of:

  • The best research evidence available
  • The best practice evidence available
  • The practitioner’s experience and
  • The stakeholder’s needs, values and preferences

Creating a systematic approach that practitioners can understand, follow and embed in their practice is one of the keys to implementing evidence-based practice in any organisational scenario. Part of the problem is helping practitioners to be able to discern and identify signal information (useful, valuable and valid information/research findings) from noise information (which is unhelpful, of little value and or not valid information/research findings). Practitioners need to learn to pull out the accurate and useful information from the noise and turn it into knowledge that helps them make high quality decisions.

A new study looking at a way to make evidence-based practice work for practitioners. 

This research briefings is essential reading for anyone interested in developing evidence- based practice and/or making decision-making more effective.

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