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Evidence-Based Practice in Palliative Care




This chapter provides an overview of the development of evidence-based practice (EBP), considers the processes of EBP and discusses its limitations in palliative care. The view presented here is that clinical performance and professional judgment in the 'information age' must increasingly be based on exposure to summarised evidence and that, in the not-too-distant future, practice that is not based on a consideration of the evidence will be difficult to justify.


Contents include

  • Introduction
  • EBP: What is it?
  • EBP in Palliative Care
  • Evidence-based practice in Australia and New-Zealand
  • The systematic review
    • Planning the review
    • The review protocol
      • Background review
      • Objectives
      • Inclusion criteria
      • Search strategy
      • Assessment criteria
      • Data extraction
      • Data synthesis
    • Assessing the quality of a research report
  • Effectiveness, appropriateness, and feasibility
  • Conclusion
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RN, ONC, DipNEd, DANS, MSc, PhD, FINA, FCN (NSW), FRCNA and FRCN.
Alan is head of nursing in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, La Trobe University, Melbourne (Victoria, Australia). Alan has extensive experience in nursing practice, nursing research and academic nursing. Having qualified as a registered nurse in 1969, he has practised in a range of nursing fields in the United Kingdom, Papua New Guinea, and Australia. He has been an active researcher since 1981 and has conducted a large number of research projects in the fields of aged care, nursing history, and organ donation. Alan was instrumental in establishing the Joanna Briggs Institute for Evidence ...

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