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Using evidence in evidence-based practice: Integrating practice and research.

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Keywords: evidence-based practice, practice-based evidence, evidence-based practice implementation,

One of the primary issues of evidence-based practice implementation is how to get people in organisations to integrate their day-to-day practices with the best research. Practitioners and organisations tend to be largely practice focused, making decisions mainly based on a mix of experience, cultural precedents, organisational procedures, policies, systems and internal data. Integrating good research into this practicebased process is frequently not a simple development.

As any evidence-based practitioner will know, there is a wealth of useful research out there, to help to make more informed and better decisions. Ignoring this source of information (research evidence), which is often garnered from wider sources than those used in decision-making within organisations, can lead to incomplete or faulty decision-making. Further, the ability of an organisation to find and assimilate good research findings can lead to significant innovation and organisational improvements.

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