The Nature of the Work to Assure Evidence-Based Practice at the Point-of-Care

Wednesday, 15 July 2009: 2:05 PM

Irene Andress, RN, MN
Professional Practice & Organizational Learning and Change, Toronto East General Hospital, Toronto, ON, Canada

This presentation will focus on the nature of the system-wide work necessary to prepare the culture for evidence-based practice and the processes and structures needed to sustain it. There will be insights given related to the need for transformation of thinking, practice and relationships across all roles, disciplines, and departments.  There will be a focus on one of the key lessons learned across the International Consortium that the most essential infrastructure necessary to achieve and sustain evidence-based cultures is Partnership Councils.  How the partnership infrastructure strengthens the fundamental core beliefs, helps develop the necessary skills to lead an interdisciplinary team to stop duplication and repetition, omission and commission and strengthen individual and integrated competency within an evidence-based context will be reviewed.  The review of clinical scenarios will shift the  principles of systems thinking, chaos and complexity science  to  the point-of-care.  This work will be correlated to the National Canadian efforts and their global integration.