Friday, July 13, 2007: 1:45 PM-3:15 PM
Promoting EBP in a clinical transdisciplinary environment, 10 years on the road.
Learning Objective #1: The learner will be able to point out essential elements of an integrated approach to promoting EBP.
Learning Objective #2: The learner will be able to point out barriers and facilitators in the implementation of EBP in a hospital environment.
Background To move from a traditional way of clinical decision making towards evidence-based decision making is a long way for every healthcare discipline. Involving more health care decision makers in this process, such as nurses, is indispensable but makes it also more complex. The implementation of Evidence Based Practice (EBP) in a clinical setting is highly dependent on strategic management decisions, funding and time. Strategic decisions to implement EBP in a large hospital environment comprise at least one of the following elements: an explicit hospital policy and a small EBP work force, a programme to educate the various health disciplines. Funding is required to stimulate the implementation of EBP and by the development of systematic reviews and guidelines. Sufficient time is crucial since the implementation of strategic policies requires perseverance and patience. Results The Academic Medical Center has a unique long lasting experience with the implementation of EBP. The symposium will focus on the practical impact of strategic decisions, the funding and the process in time. Special attention is paid to education issues and choices in the trade-off between ambitions, differences in educational levels and efficiency. Finally, the impact of Evidence Based Nursing on surgical wards will be demonstrated by presenting results of series of studies and their relation to guidelines en recommendations in a transdisciplinary hospital environment. Conclusion Evidence Based Practice is easier said than done. It requires a multifaceted approach including strategic management decisions, funding, education, and scientific studies on practical issues in daily clinical decision making. Time and perseverance will lead to unique successes with regards to the transdisciplinary cooperation to improve the quality of health care. Keywords: Evidence-based Practice, multidisciplinary, implementation
Organizer:Rien De Vos, PhD
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