Clinical Research and Evidence-based Research

Clinical Research and Evidence-based Research

In the contemporary medical world, there is a growing emphasis on the concept of evidence-based practice (EBP). Such is the case given the increased proportion of healthcare facilities that are currently spearheading the EBP movement. Central to such a high proportion of medical institutions ascribing to this phenomenon is the revelation by many studies, which suggest that EBP improves patient outcomes significantly(Stevens, 2013). With such a high proportion of facilities engaging in EBP and improvement of patient outcomes, there is need for understanding this concept to its practical details. In essence, this discussion aims at establishing EBP application in practice, impediments to its implementation and strategies for EBP promotion in practice. By so doing, a new understanding of the concept of EBP is inevitable.

EBP Application

Primarily, one can use EBP in practice in a variety of ways that are worth noting. A case in point of EBP application in nursing practice is utilization of gathered evidence about a phenomenon in championing for a much-needed change in the various spheres of influence. The change is vital in this era of nursing where critical thinking is crucial for patient outcomes improvement (Stevens, 2013). Notwithstanding, according to Stevens, (2013), EBP is a basic competency for all BSN-prepared nurses and therefore one can use EBP to demonstrate the high-level of knowledge and skills obtained from the BSN curriculum.

Impediments of EBP Implementation

Currently, the EBP movement faces numerous challenges that individuals seeking this option must anticipate. For instance, most organizational administrative hierarchies are reluctant to support the EBP movement with the excuse of limited resources such as labor and finances (Masters, 2014). Furthermore, the EBP implementation is likely to face the challenge of inadequate EBP champions within the institution. As such, the spearheading and overseeing of the implementation of this phenomenon is likely to suffer because of the same (Hirschman, Shaid, McCauley, Pauly, Naylor, 2015).

Strategies for EBP Promotion

Based on the highlighted challenges, various strategies may come handy in resolving these problems. A befitting example of such strategies is devoting more time and efforts indemystifying main stakeholders’ misconceptions about EBP. Melnyk, and Fineout-Overholt, (2015) areof the opinion that such a strategy will result in an increaseof the administrative support for EBP movement. As for the inadequate EBP champions, one can address this issue by creating awarenessamong the various stakeholders of the importance of the EBP movement through frequent meetings (Cullen, L., & Sigma Theta Tau International, 2017). With such strategies, these challenges are unlikely to persist.


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