Research and evidence-based practices
Evidence-Based Practices (EBP) are also related to healthcare, but there are distinct differences. A systematic research process involves identifying a specific problem, collecting and analyzing data, interpreting the findings, and drawing conclusions based on that evidence. This process provides insights into an already existing phenomenon, or can help to identify a completely new one. EBP on the otherhand applies research results to clinical practices in order to enhance patient outcomes. The best practices are identified based on scientific research and used as the basis to formulate policy or make decisions related to care.
EBP involves disseminating the research findings across all healthcare levels to make sure that clinicians have up-to date information to use when making patient-care decisions. It also promotes quality improvement initiatives, where necessary. This is because it places more emphasis on implementation than new knowledge generation, as research would. EBP is also heavily reliant on collaboration between healthcare professionals in order to work together and create tailored evidence-based protocols for each setting or population, which leads to better outcomes for the patients.
Both research and EBP have their own distinct characteristics, including purpose, scope, and focus, that set them apart.