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Evidence-Based Practice Across the Health Professions
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Inter-professional education that begins in undergraduate or graduate-entry programs has been accepted by universities as a proven method for fostering collaborative practice among health professionals yet there are few truly multidisciplinary books about evidence-based practice that meet the needs of undergraduate and postgraduate students enrolled in inter-professional courses. Evidence-based Practice across the Health Professions is designed to meet this need. It provides the reader with an excellent foundation in the knowledge and skills necessary to perform and understand the implications of evidence-based practice within a healthcare environment. It discusses the critical role of clinical reasoning and includes a range of practical strategies to facilitate shared decision making and effective communication with clients for improved client outcomes. Evidence-based decision making is common to all professions and provides an ideal platform for multidisciplinary work. With this in mind, to facilitate an understanding of how evidence may be integrated into clinical practice there are a number of chapters that contain worked examples from many different health professions that demonstrate appraisals of the methodological quality and interpretation of results for a number of different methodologies (such as randomised controlled trials, diagnostic studies, cohort studies, and qualitative research). Health professionals from a range of disciplines will benefit from familiarity with the intervention being evaluated, the context of the intervention, and the outcome measures used. Evidence-based Practice across the Health Professions is of direct relevance to all health profession students and practitioners engaged in client care and in making informed clinical decisions in order to achieve better client outcomes.
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TABLE OF CONTENTS Foreword Preface Contributors Reviewers 1 Introduction to evidence-based practice Tammy Hoffmann, Sally Bennett and Chris Del Mar 2 Information needs, asking questions, and some basics of research studies Chris Del Mar, Tammy Hoffmann and Paul Glasziou 3 Finding the evidence Nancy Wilczynski and Ann McKibbon 4 Evidence about effects of interventions Sally Bennett and Tammy Hoffmann 5 Questions about the effects of interventions: examples of appraisals from different health professions Tammy Hoffmann, John W Bennett, Mal Boyle, Jeff Coombes, Mark R Elkins, Edzard Ernst, Angela Morgan, Lisa Nissen, Claire Rickard, Sharon Sanders, Alan Spencer and Caroline Wright 6 Evidence about diagnosis Jenny Doust 7 Questions about diagnosis: examples of appraisals from different health professions Chris Del Mar, Sally Bennett, Mal Boyle, Jeff Coombes, Mark R Elkins, Angela Morgan, Lisa Nissen, Claire Rickard, Sharon Sanders, Michal Schneider-Kolsky and Jemma Skeat 8 Evidence about prognosis Mark R Elkins 9 Questions about prognosis: examples of appraisals from different health professions Tammy Hoffmann, Marilyn Baird, John W Bennett, Mal Boyle, Jeff Coombes, Mark R Elkins, Lisa Nissen, Sheena Reilly, Claire Rickard and Sharon Sanders 10 Evidence about patients' experiences and concerns Alan Pearson and Karin Hannes 11 Questions about patients' experiences and concerns: examples of appraisals from different health professions Sally Bennett, John Bennett, Mal Boyle, Jeff Coombes, Craig Lockwood, Lisa Nissen, Marie Pirotta, Sharon Sanders and Jemma Skeat 12 Appraising and understanding systematic reviews of quantitative and qualitative evidence Sally Bennett, Denise O'Connor, Karin Hannes and Sue Leicht Doyle 13 Clinical practice guidelines Tammy Hoffmann and Heather Buchan 14 Talking with patients about evidence Tammy Hoffmann and Leigh Tooth 15 Clinical reasoning and evidence-based practice Merrill Turpin and Joy Higgs 16 Implementing evidence into practice Annie McCluskey 17 Embedding evidence-based practice into routine clinical care Ian Scott, Chris Del Mar, Tammy Hoffmann and Sally Bennett Index

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