Disseminating EBP in the Workplace
Health care organizations should consider executing various strategies to enhance and support evidence-based practice (EBP). Despite a promise to enhance health care practices, EBP has encountered several barriers in its implementation, resulting in poor decision making among health care professionals. EBP requires clinicians to be armed with new skills, as well as having knowledge of applying rules of evidence in assessing the clinical writings. This study will focus on the appropriate method of disseminating EBP in the workplace, and how this method can be evaluated and strategized to be understood by many people.
Using Posters to Disseminate EBP
Evidence-based practice (EBP) involves the application of the best scientific evidence combined with clinical experience and accommodating patient values, as well as their preferences in the performance of professional patient care (Houser & Oman, 2011, p. 1). EBP is quite fundamental in the workplace because it assists in knowing every aspect of patients’ care and initiating healthcare processes. Health care professionals may claim to be familiar with numerous methods of offering patient care, but few do not see the need for having the best practices.
Although there exists numerous methods for disseminating EBP in the health care environment, one of the methods that can assist in disseminating EBP is through posters. Posters can assist in publicizing EBP since they are quite easy to make, and can be used in any forum during EBP presentations. Posters can be hanged in the offices, roadsides, institutions, and shopping centers for easier access. Posters are utilized at professional conferences to share current information, and can be presented at health care facilities to enlighten health care professionals on changes in practices, new findings, outcomes, and policies (Forsyth, et al., 2010, p. 15). They have the capacity to reach as many people as possible without involving them in verbal communication.
Posters display evidence, but evidence cannot arrive to a decision. Nevertheless, evidence can help the health care professionals in supporting the patient care processes. Researchers can evaluate the impacts of posters by observing the reaction of the targeted group. It is rather easy to observe clinicians acting in different manner after learning new techniques. Engaging the healthcare providers in forums can assist in sharing their experiences that can help in taking care of patients.
Using Qualitative Methods in EBP
The impacts of practice-based evidence can be achieved through collecting, analyzing, and interpreting the patient outcomes. Qualitative approach to practice-based evidence has enabled healthcare providers to make decisions related to certain illness, and engage in intervention programs. According to Leeman and Sandelowski (2012), taking a deep approach to learning the experiences of healthcare professionals and the perspective of care, qualitative research findings can contribute to a wide range of practice and research questions, thus, generating practice-based evidence (p. 172).
A research question that can assist in making qualitative inquiry in the health care facility is: “What are the views of health care professionals concerning desirable outcomes of evidence-based practices?”
Qualitative and quantitative approaches are utilized in practice-based evidence, but they provide varied analysis and conclusion. Qualitative approach diverges from quantitative concept in that it endeavors to discover and comprehend concepts and cultures. Qualitative approach is critical in capturing practice-based evidence because it can assist in answering questions that are difficult to tackle using positivistic/ quantitative designs. Where quantitative approach presumes that events are understood through an objective perspective, qualitative approach perceives that knowledge is built in a social framework. Qualitative research employs inductive reasoning rather than deductive logic. This method can disclose information that may not be discovered through programmed survey questions.
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