Evidence based practice and its critics: What is a nurse manager to do?

Authors: O'halloran, P., Porter, S. and Blackwood, B.

Journal: Journal of Nursing Management

Volume: 18

Issue: 1

Pages: 90-95

DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2834.2009.01068.x

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Authors: O'Halloran, P., Porter, S. and Blackwood, B.

Journal: J Nurs Manag

Volume: 18

Issue: 1

Pages: 90-95

eISSN: 1365-2834

DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2834.2009.01068.x

AIM(S): The purpose is to discuss the arguments against the evidence based practice (EBP) movement and suggest how nursing management might respond. BACKGROUND: EBP is a pervasive approach to directing and regulating nursing care. There are, however, fierce critics who argue that it is fundamentally flawed and detrimental to patient care. EVALUATION: We consider some of the more radical criticisms of EBP, weighing the arguments and reflecting on the extent to which alleged short-comings are supported in the literature. Postmodernist critics are amongst the most vocal and are therefore our principal focus. KEY ISSUE(S): 'Best evidence' implies a hierarchical approach to knowledge which excludes other forms of evidence that are needed to understand the complexity of care. Evidence based guidelines tend to stifle critical thinking amongst nurses. CONCLUSION(S): While EBP is increasingly open to a range of research methodologies, it still largely subscribes to a hierarchy of evidence, even though this approach to addressing the complexities of healthcare is limiting. Although the EBP approach can be shown to stifle critical thinking, this is not inherent to the approach, which can lend itself to supporting professional nursing practice. IMPLICATIONS FOR NURSING MANAGEMENT: Nursing managers should neither abandon EBP nor accept it uncritically.

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Authors: O'halloran, P., Porter, S. and Blackwood, B.

Journal: Journal of Nursing Management

Volume: 18

Issue: 1

Pages: 90-95

eISSN: 1365-263X

ISSN: 0966-0429

DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2834.2009.01068.x

Aim(s): The purpose is to discuss the arguments against the evidence based practice (EBP) movement and suggest how nursing management might respond. Background: EBP is a pervasive approach to directing and regulating nursing care. There are, however, fierce critics who argue that it is fundamentally flawed and detrimental to patient care. Evaluation: We consider some of the more radical criticisms of EBP, weighing the arguments and reflecting on the extent to which alleged short-comings are supported in the literature. Postmodernist critics are amongst the most vocal and are therefore our principal focus. Key issue(s): 'Best evidence' implies a hierarchical approach to knowledge which excludes other forms of evidence that are needed to understand the complexity of care. Evidence based guidelines tend to stifle critical thinking amongst nurses. Conclusion(s): While EBP is increasingly open to a range of research methodologies, it still largely subscribes to a hierarchy of evidence, even though this approach to addressing the complexities of healthcare is limiting. Although the EBP approach can be shown to stifle critical thinking, this is not inherent to the approach, which can lend itself to supporting professional nursing practice. Implications for nursing management: Nursing managers should neither abandon EBP nor accept it uncritically. © 2010 The Authors. Journal compilation © 2010 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

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Authors: O'Halloran, P., Porter, S. and Blackwood, B.

Journal: Journal of nursing management

Volume: 18

Issue: 1

Pages: 90-95

eISSN: 1365-2834

ISSN: 0966-0429

AIM(S): The purpose is to discuss the arguments against the evidence based practice (EBP) movement and suggest how nursing management might respond. BACKGROUND: EBP is a pervasive approach to directing and regulating nursing care. There are, however, fierce critics who argue that it is fundamentally flawed and detrimental to patient care. EVALUATION: We consider some of the more radical criticisms of EBP, weighing the arguments and reflecting on the extent to which alleged short-comings are supported in the literature. Postmodernist critics are amongst the most vocal and are therefore our principal focus. KEY ISSUE(S): 'Best evidence' implies a hierarchical approach to knowledge which excludes other forms of evidence that are needed to understand the complexity of care. Evidence based guidelines tend to stifle critical thinking amongst nurses. CONCLUSION(S): While EBP is increasingly open to a range of research methodologies, it still largely subscribes to a hierarchy of evidence, even though this approach to addressing the complexities of healthcare is limiting. Although the EBP approach can be shown to stifle critical thinking, this is not inherent to the approach, which can lend itself to supporting professional nursing practice. IMPLICATIONS FOR NURSING MANAGEMENT: Nursing managers should neither abandon EBP nor accept it uncritically.

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