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Consider the type of evidence you would you look for. Imagine that you then found a questionnaire study that had asked staff at the end of every shift whether they always follow infection control procedures. Consider the answers they are likely to give and whether these would reflect what they actually do. How strong would that evidence be? What type of evidence would you be looking for that would really tell you about staff adherence to infection control policy? Clearly the answer is to find observational studies, in which an observer has sat and watched to see if staff washed their hands or not in the everyday context.
In fact one group of researchers calculated the number of new journal articles published in a particular area on a weekly basis and came to the conclusion that keeping up to date, let alone being an ‘expert’ on a topic, had become an impossible expectation (Fraser and Dunstan 2010). Think about how much easier it must have been before there was so much available evidence upon which to base health and social care. indd 25 2/22/13 9:59 AM 26â•… Where did evidence-based practice come from? Maybe there were one or two text books for you to read, rather than the many journals and e-books that are now available to you.
However they certainly amount to rationale from which we draw to inform our practice. Your practice would not withstand scrutiny if you relied on out-dated policy, or unlawful or unethical practice. Professional practice in all areas can be very complex. Standing (2008) argues that there are likely to be many other factors that you consider when making a decision and it will depend on the complexity of the decision and the time available. Standing has developed a continuum that illustrates how if you have sufficient time available to you and the appropriate resources, you will be able to make a considered and rational decision, fully informed by relevant evidence.
A Beginner's Guide to Evidence-Based Practice in Health and Social Care Second edition by Helen Aveyard