A definition of Evidence Based Practice (EBP) is:
“the conscientious, explicit and judicious use of current best evidence in conjunction with clinical expertise and patient values to guide health (and social) care decisions” (Sackett et al. 2000: 71-72)
Evidence based practice will be important to me when I am making clinical decisions on my caseload as an Occupational Therapist.
It is also important to me a ‘civilian’ and someone who uses the NHS healthcare system in the UK. When I last visited the doctor, the antibiotics he prescribed would have been chosen from 100s available on the market, and it’s likely his decision was influenced (or dictated?) by the research done on the best antibiotic for my particular problem. It won’t have been one that would 100% guaranteed cure my problem, but the evidence would have pointed to the fact that there was very high chance it would. So s/he tried that one first. Read more
Who is going to lean on you?
Who are you going to lean on?
What does this mean for you as a healthcare professional?
As an occupational therapist, team members from the different allied health professionals and other healthcare professionals will be leaning on me to provide my part of the care for patients. The patients themselves will also rely on me to provide the treatment they expect and are entitled to.
I will be leaning back on my healthcare colleagues as I will need to liaise with them to organise services for my patients that have been agreed as part of their therapy plan. I would also imagine I will be relying on any administratiive staff to help me with admin and communication between departments and patients. I will be leaning on my clinical supervisor and line manager, and whilst I am a student, my personal tutor.
As a healthcare professional this means it will be give and take, I will need to communicate well and build rapport, and working as a team/with other healthcare professionals and staff members will be crucial.
I’m a postgraduate student completing a Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy, to become a qualified therapist with the HCPC (Health and Care Professions Council).
I’m a student member of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists & British Association of Occupational Therapists.I also hold a BSc (Hons) in Psychology and a Certificate in Health & Social Care.