Bringing Evidence Into Everyday Practice: Practical Strategies for Healthcare Professionals

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SLACK Incorporated, 2008 - Medical - 348 pages
Evidence-based research and decision making are increasingly in demand in professional practice. Bringing Evidence into Everyday Practice: Practical Strategies for Healthcare Professionals is a unique workbook that offers students and professionals efficient strategies for translating evidence into everyday practices.

Dr. Winnie Dunn has designed Bringing Evidence into Everyday Practice to be used as a step-by-step resource for students and professionals on how to understand and use evidence available in research and how to build solid decision-making patterns that will support professional practice.

Features:
• Step by step directions for understanding and using literature to craft
evidence-based plans in professional practice
• Exercises that provide practice on how to properly read research articles
• Activities to prepare students and clinicians on how to synthesize information across similar articles
• Applications that will teach how to understand methods and results
• Opportunities for reflecting in action about one's own current practices and how to refine them

With a vast amount of resources available today, it is critical for both the novice and experienced practitioner to use effective tactics. By following the specific steps inside Bringing Evidence into Everyday Practice, a student, professional, interdisciplinary team, or study group can learn how to derive meaning from research articles in a more efficient way and then use the information to make informed decisions in everyday practice.

Written in a user-friendly format, this text provides over twenty research articles and worksheets in a side-by-side layout as a convenient method for interpreting research.

Bringing Evidence into Everyday Practice: Practical Strategies for Healthcare Professionals is the only text that can both act as a companion workbook to literature and also encompass volumes of research within one text.

 

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Contents

Characterizing Responses to Evidence
13
Practice Using Evidence to Design Best Practices
41
Expanding Your Knowledge and Skills for EvidenceBased Practice
119
Examining Evidence Related to Emerging and Controversial Practices
145
Bibliography
169
Index
343
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About the author (2008)

Winnie Dunn, PhD, OTR, FAOTA, is Professor and Chair of the Department of Occupational Therapy Education at the University of Kansas. She was the Eleanor Clarke Slagle lecturer in 2001, received the Award of Merit from the American Occupational Therapy Association, received the A. Jean Ayres research award and the Chancellor's teaching and research awards, served as a Kemper Teaching Fellow, and is a member of the Academy of Research of the American Occupational Therapy Foundation. She has contributed research and other writings to professional literature across her career. Currently she is involved in a statewide initiative called KANSAS: From Evidence to Practice; their purpose is to embed evidence-based practices into all the early intervention and school networks across the state.

Her latest endeavor to translate research into practice involves the publication of a book for the public entitled Living Sensationally: Understanding Your Senses. Its focus is to translate her research about sensory processing into everyday language, so that everyone can understand their own, their family's, their coworkers', and their friends' behaviors a little better.

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