The Benefits of Evidence Based Practice in Healthcare, Specifically Occupational Therapy

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Evidence Based Practice (EBP) is useful to practice because it aids practitioners development and widens their knowledge and insight, therefore enhancing the experience of the practitioner. This ensures that the best quality of care is given to the patient (Duncan, 2006).
EBP is defined by Sacket et al as 'the conscientious, explicit and judicious use of current best evidence in making decisions about the care of individual patients.' (Duncan, 2006) The best evidence in this context could therefore be argued to come from information that has been researched using quantitative methods that is numerical data that tests a hypothesis such as randomized control trials (RCT)(Duncan, 2006).
Therefore a knowledge of EBP would benefit an
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In the case of this study the terms were, neutropenic patients, use of cotton cover gowns, and infection control. These terms were then typed into the search bar to find the relevant article. The main aims of the study under analysis were to find out if cotton cover gowns are effective in reducing infections among neutropenic patients (Evidence Based Practice).
The research paper titled, The efficiency of cotton cover gowns in reducing infection in nursing neutropenic patients: An evidence based study written by Kenny and Lawson, aimed to find out whether cotton cover gowns were an efficient way of reducing the infections among nursing neutropenic patients. neutropenic patients are defined within the study as being patients who have a depletion of white blood cells particularly neutrophils which are active in fighting infection (Kenny and Lawson, 2001).
The study aimed to investigate whether the rate of infection would increase if the gowns were not used. These aims are clearly stated in the title of the research and are then further expanded upon in the abstract of the article making them very obvious and clear to the reader.
The Experimental design of a study “is intended to ensure that an experiment affords a valid, efficient and unambiguous test of the hypothesis set up and the extraneous variables are controlled” (Miller and Wilson,1983). The

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