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Innovation for Improved Practice (evidence-based health care)




This Chapter discusses how by 2002 information overload and nihilism had become a very real problem for all types of practitioners. The Institute recognised that it was not enough to provide resources and technology for researchers; clinicians and students also needed these facilities. As the evidence-based approach gathered momentum and the volume of information intensified, it was clear that clinicians also needed to understand how to evaluate the quality of evidence. The evidence-based movement was dictating that practice be supported by evidence; a new skill base was required within the industry that would break down the barriers between science (research) and applied science (practice). Critical appraisal was becoming a vital component of health care practice if clinicians were to become more effective decision makers in practice.


Contents include

  • Innovation for improved practice
  • A 'RAPid' progression
  • Clinical information: on the move
  • Setting the pace with evidence utilization
  • Out in the world
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Author / Editor Biographies

Doc (Education), Adjunct Senior Lecturer (School of Nursing & Midwifery)
Elizabeth Pittman has a background in nursing and a doctorate in education from Melbourne University. In 2002 she retired as the director of the continuing and distance education unit at LaTrobe University. She is now an adjunct senior lecturer in the School of Nursing and Midwifery. She is also a member of the Mental Health Research and Ethics Committee at the Royal Melbourne Hospital.
Pauline Donnelly is a registered nurse with extensive experience in health services delivery, management and public administration. She has a Bachelor of Nursing degree and a Master of Health Administration degree and main areas of practice have been in community health and aged care in the United Kingdom; she also spent a number of years working in remote areas of Papua New Guinea.
Zoe Jordan has been actively involved in the field of health research and communication for the last seven years. She has a Master of Arts (Communication Studies), in which much of her work was focused on the use of the mass media for the effective and accurate transfer of information. She is currently the Manager of Communications at The Joanna Briggs Institute.

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