When making a decision whether for patient care or a workplace issue:
Use this to make an educated decision
You would have to read 628 hours a month to keep up with all of the new research.
Research is constantly being done to help improve all aspects of health care, whether it be patient care, care of the family, or improving the workplace environment, but it doesn’t always get used. This is where Evidence Based Practice can help.
Evidence Based Practice helps to ensure that we are using the best information possible to care for our patients or improve the workplace.
Evidence Based Research always starts with a question.
To formulate a good question, use the letters PICO as a guide.
P = Patient/Problem/Population - Usually describe relevant demographics of the patient, problem or population (Sex, age, specific problem, location)
I = Intervention - What is the intervention - test/medication/therapy
C = Comparison - Is there an alternative (Optional, you may not have something to compare it to)
O = Outcome - What is the desired outcome/accomplishment/effect
Example: In a patient in the second stage of labor who has received an epidural analgesia, does left or right lateral patient positioning versus lithotomy position decrease assisted vaginal deliveries?
What kind of sources can be used as Evidence Based Practice?
Evidence can be found in all types of sources: journals, books, websites, etc…But there are different levels of evidence. There is very strong evidence and then there is very weak evidence, with different levels in between. When making a decision, you want to try and find the best evidence that you can. Best is a strong study that was not biased and looked at a large amount of data. Weaker evidence may be taken from research that looked at only one person (case study) or research that was conducted with a small limited amount of data, more probability of bias etc..
Evidence Based Research begins with a question. It could be an intervention, work place issue, etc...
Strong Evidence (If done well):
Weaker Evidence (Weak due to possible bias or other issues)