The Benefits of Evidence Based Practice in Healthcare, Specifically Occupational Therapy
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 …show more content…
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