What is Evidence-Informed Practice?
Evidence-informed practice, sometimes called evidence-based practice, is a client-centred approach to clinical decision making. It’s a way to solve problems by integrating the best available research evidence with the clinician’s experience, the client’s preferences and values, and the organizational and cultural context.1,2,3,4,5
Evidence-informed practice helps clinicians be more effective, efficient, and accountable, while achieving better outcomes for clients.2
Given the importance of their work, clinicians are expected and seek to ensure that their approach to client screening, assessment, and treatment is grounded in an understanding of what has been shown to be effective.1,2,3,4,5
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- Epstein, I. (2009). Promoting harmony where there is commonly conflict: Evidence-informed practice as an integrative strategy. Social Work in Health Care, 48(3), 216-231.
- Nevo, I., & Slonim-Nevo, V. (2011). The myth of evidence-based practice: Towards evidence-informed practice. British Journal of Social Work, 41(6), 1176–1197.
- Rycroft‐Malone, J. O. (2008). Evidence‐informed practice: from individual to context. Journal of Nursing Management, 16(4), 404–408.
- Sackett, D. L., Rosenberg, W. M., Gray, J. M., Haynes, R. B., & Richardson, W. S. (1996). Evidence based medicine: what it is and what it isn't. BMJ, 312, 71.
- Shera, W., & Dill, K. (2012). Promoting evidence-informed practice in child welfare in Ontario: progress, challenges and future directions. Research on Social Work Practice, 22(2), 204–213.