EBP is a healthcare approach that integrates the latest research findings with the clinical knowledge and the patient’s values and preferences. EBP’s goal is to use the best available research evidence to help inform clinical decisions. This will improve quality, increase patient outcomes, reduce costs and ultimately enhance healthcare.
EBP is based on the belief that healthcare decisions should be influenced by the best available evidence rather than tradition, authority, or personal opinion. EBP stems from the conviction that health decisions should not be based solely on tradition, authority or personal opinions, but rather the best evidence available.
EBP in healthcare has gained importance over the last few decades as more research data has become available and the demand for patient-centered, cost-effective, and efficient care has increased. EBP is not easy to implement, because many healthcare professionals lack the skills and knowledge necessary to do so.
Many healthcare organizations, in order to meet these challenges, have developed EBP guidelines and protocol, implemented EBP-training programs and created systems to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of EBP intervention. In addition, the policy makers have recognized that EBP is important in the healthcare sector and established various funding mechanisms to encourage the use of EBP.
Evidence-based practices are a vital component of healthcare today. They can improve quality, increase patient outcomes and lower healthcare costs. Implementing EBP is not easy, but healthcare providers, organizations, and policymakers can all work together to make it a success.