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