Strategic Initiatives Should Be Formulated Using Evidence Based Practice

1352 Words Nov 16th, 2016 6 Pages
Strategic initiatives should be formulated using evidence-based practice [“EBP”] that enhances the opportunity to achieve optimal patient outcomes. Patients and families expect to receive quality care when seeking healthcare services. Dr. David Sackett and colleagues defined EBP as “the conscientious, explicit and judicious use of current best evidence in making decisions about the care of the individual patient. The practice of evidence-based medicine means integrating individual clinical expertise with the best available external clinical evidence from systematic research” (Sackett, Rosenberg, Muir Gray, Haynes, & Richardson, 1996, para 2). Sustaining evidence-based change can be difficult when individual clinical expertise and practice experience is rooted in traditional/dated methods and/or opinion. For this reason, the concept of instilling a shared governance model of practice, shared decision-making that is based upon the principles of partnership, equity, accountability, and ownership, may help to promote sustainable change (Swihart & Hess, 2014). Therefore, embedding EBP and incorporating shared governance into the strategic plan ensures that interdisciplinary teams are given the authority to lead organizational change initiatives in employing the best information from science and clinical expertise from the team to improve and sustain organizational quality.
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