Keywords: evidence-based practice, evidence-based practice education, evidencebased practice implementation, training, teaching, learning, competency development
One of the primary problems facing any organisation trying to implement evidence- based practice is how to train and educate their staff in the practical and theoretical aspects of evidence-based practice. Given the nature of the subject at hand, it is therefore incumbent on us to have a reasonable evidence base for the practice of teaching evidence-based practice. Looking at how others conduct and engage with developing evidence-based practitioners is an essential part of evidence-based practice implementation in organisations.
Probably the most advanced sector and industry that has taken on evidence-based practice as a core part of their operation is medicine and healthcare. Not only has evidence-based practice been a core part of medical practice for decades now, but in terms of generating and enhancing the knowledge and evidence about evidence- based practice, this sector far exceeds any other. Their experience in evidence- based implementation and education also exceeds just about any other sector.
A new (2019) paper looking at the development of the four primary evidence-based practice competencies:
- operational evidence-based decision-making
- critical thinking
- problem identification
- outcome measurement
across health care education and training at all the levels.
This research briefing is essential reading for anyone involved in developing evidence-based practice.
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