Evidence-based practice

Patient/Family Advisory Councils in Ontario Hospitals – At work, in play

“We’re making a culture change here, of trying to engage our patients more in decision making and moving away from advising” (PFAC staff interview).

This report investigates the evolving function and best practices of Ontario’s hospital-based Patient/Family Advisory Councils (PFACs): one mechanism some hospitals are using – among other approaches – to advance patient/family engagement and patient-centred care.

The Coalition for Collaborative Care

The Coalition for Collaborative Care is a group of individuals and organisations across the health, social care and voluntary sectors who want to make person-centred, coordinated care a reality for people living with long-term conditions. That means improving the relationship that people have in their day-to-day interaction with the NHS and social care so their care and support is organised around what matters to them.

eBook: Making Evidence Matter in Canadian Health Policy

Making Evidence Matter in Canadian Health Policy is a compendium of OpEds published in the media in 2012-2013 by some of Canada’s leading experts in the field, offering a snapshot of the evidence on the issues of the day. It is the second in a series of eBooks produced by EvidenceNetwork.ca, the first being Canadian Health Policy in the News, which achieved 13,000 reads in the first year of release. - See more at: http://umanitoba.ca/outreach/evidencenetwork/archives/17545#sthash.Yjq4Q...

Evidence-Based Practice and Nursing Research: Avoiding Confusion

The ANCC Magnet Recognition Program® (MRP) requires hospitals to have evidence-based practice embedded in the culture of the organization. In the documentation, hospitals must demonstrate that nurses evaluate and use published research in all aspects of clinical and operational processes.

The ANCC also expects nurses to conduct research projects and that knowledge from these projects will be shared with nurses within and outside the organization.

Team Strategies to Enhance Performance and Patient Safety (TeamSTEPPS)

Team Strategies to Enhance Performance and Patient Safety (TeamSTEPPS) is an evidence-based set of teamwork tools, aimed at optimizing patient outcomes by improving communication and teamwork skills among health care professionals. It includes a comprehensive set of ready-to-use materials and a training curriculum to successfully integrate teamwork principles into any health care system.

Resources for Building a Research Utilization Program

Rosswurm and Larrabee describe a model for guiding nurses and other healthcare professionals through a systematic process for the change to EBP. The model has 6 step

ICTs and the Health Sector: Towards Smarter Health and Wellness Models

The future sustainability of health systems will depend on how well governments are able to anticipate and respond to efficiency and quality of care challenges. Bold action is required, as well as willingness to test innovative care delivery approaches.

The greatest promise for transformational change is in applications that encourage new, ubiquitous, participatory preventive and personalised smart models of care. A whole new world of possibilities in using mobiles and the Internet to address healthcare challenges has opened up. The potential of mobile devices, services and applications to support self-management, behavioural modification and "participatory healthcare" is greater than ever before.

Canadian Diabetes Association Clinical Practice Guidelines

CDA is helping you provide patient-centered diabetes care and chronic disease management.

Guidelines for guideline developers: a systematic review of grading systems for medical tests

A variety of systems have been developed to grade evidence and develop recommendations based on the available evidence. However, development of guidelines for medical tests is especially challenging given the typical indirectness of the evidence; direct evidence of the effects of testing on patient important outcomes is usually absent. We compared grading systems for medical tests on how they use evidence in guideline development.

Family meetings: An essential component of comprehensive palliative care

Family meetings are an important part of a patient’s care plan in hospital, but they often happen late in admission or at critical decision-making junctions. Clear, effective communication among patients, families, and health care teams enhances patient care and patient satisfaction, which correlate with physician competency in communication.

Family meetings are useful to discuss patient status and goals of care.  When held proactively, and when they include not only the medical facts, but also the patient’s perspective on his or her illness

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