A Beginner's Guide to Evidence Based Practice in Health and Social Care

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McGraw-Hill Education, 2009 - Medical - 158 pages
"The authors have taken pains to make the subject accessible and the result is a terrific book for newcomers to evidence-based practice, as well as old hands. One of the more ground breaking aspects is that they deal with all imaginable types of evidence available today in healthcare. The authors help the reader understand the merits of each type and how it can be used. This is an invaluable book."
Irene Mabbott, Practice Development Co-ordinator, Evidence-Based Practice, Sheffield Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

"At last, a jargon free Evidence Based Practice Book! This book gives the impression that it is a friendly tutor always on standby to answer any of your questions. It is written well, in a personable style to allow the reader to take in all the concepts of Evidence Based Practice. The book is up to date and recognises that not all areas of health and social care have the privilege of being supported by huge pieces of research and RCT's. In these cases, advice and guidance is readily at hand in the book to show the reader what other evidence can be out there and how to use it."
Irene Mabbott, Practice Development Co-ordinator (Evidence based Practice), Northern General Hospital, Sheffield

"I love this book. It's ideal for students new to research and qualified professionals needing an update. I wish it had been around when I was a student as it would have made searching for, critiquing and reviewing literature a much smoother process. I think this book should be on every university reading list. It is set out in an easy to follow format with lots of examples relating to practice which allows the reader to understand the importance research from the first page."
Lynda Luke, Registered Nurse and Moderator on www.studentnurse.org.uk

"The book provides a basic introduction to Evidence Based Practice and many related issues. A spectrum of information from 'what is evidence' to 'how to implement evidence' has been included in an easy to navigate contents page. Some clinical experience is necessary to understand the links to clinical practice their importance and implications. Some useful website addresses are provided in order to increase and widen access to other necessary resources."
Nicola Olleveant, The University of Manchester, UK

Have you heard of 'evidence based practice' but don't know what it means?
Are you having trouble relating evidence to your practice?

This is the book for anyone who has ever wondered what evidence based practice is or how to relate it to practice. This accessible book presents the topic in a simple, easy to understand way, enabling those unfamiliar with evidence based practice to apply the concept to their practice and learning.

Using everyday language, this book provides a step by step guide to what we mean by evidence based practice and how to apply it. It also:

  • Provides an easy to follow guide to searching for evidence
  • Explains how to work out if the evidence is relevant or not
  • Explores how evidence can be applied in the practice setting
  • Outlines how evidence can be incorporated into your academic writing
A Beginner's Guide to Evidence Based Practice in Health and Social Care is key reading for everyone involved in looking at and applying evidence – students, practice educators, mentors and practising health and social care professionals.

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The development of evidence based practice
When do we need to use evidence and what evidence
What kind of evidence is available?

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About the author (2009)

Helen Aveyard is a senior lecturer at Oxford Brookes University, UK and author of the bestselling book Doing a Literature Review in Health and Social Care (Open University Press, 2007).

Pam Sharp is a senior lecturer at Oxford Brookes University, UK. She runs an undergraduate evidence based practice module and has a particular interest in practice education and mentoring.

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