Below is our recent interview with Janet Houser and Kathleen S. Oman, authors of Evidence-Based Practice: An Implementation Guide for Healthcare Organizations.
There are a lot of books on evidence-based practice. What makes this book different?
It is a good thing that we are seeing more references for evidence based practice. Our book is different in that we focused from the beginning on “how will this book be used.” Our yardstick, for everything from the chapters to the appendices was framed with application in mind. A staff nurse or an administrator should be able to pick up this book and use the recommendations here immediately. The appendices in particular are reproducible forms and checklists that can kick-start an EBP effort.
Looking at the list of contributors, it is clear we have an impressive range of contributors. Dr. Colleen Goode, winner of AONE’s outstanding researcher award, collaborated with Dr. Sharon Pappas, winner of the INARC outstanding research award to produce sound, sensible advice about the role of leadership in EBP implementation. Virtually all of the contributors are practicing EBP in their own field, and the book is the better for it.
You’ve focused on its usefulness. How can this book be used?
Given the book is a guide for implementation, it can be used in any setting in which a focus or transition to evidence-based practice is underway. We structured each chapter so that they progress in complexity. The book can be helpful whether an organization is in novice stages or maintaining a functional existing system.
I have had feedback from a few colleagues in academics that they have adopted the book as a resource for the doctorate and MS in nursing capstone courses. These courses generally require appraisal and application of evidence to a given problem, and this book provides a good guide for the graduate nursing student focusing on a single problem. The guide to systematic review, in particular, can be used to guide the development of practice guidelines.
Why did you want to write this book?
I have served as a consultant for hospitals and other healthcare organizations that implement evidence-based practice, and I felt a dearth of good references for them. Many of the texts available are very good as an overview of EBP, but few contain guidance in how to implement these practices at an organizational level. This book gives them something to refer to for day-to-day issues in EBP implementation.
Why did you write this book?
I’ve been involved in creating and sustaining a hospital culture that supports evidence-based practice for the past 10 years and have learned a lot in the process. It’s a complicated environment with extremely busy health care providers who need organizational support and mentorship to be successful evidence-based practitioners. The content in this book is practical and useful to anyone involved in developing an organizational structure to facilitate evidence-based practice.
Why is evidence-based practice such an important topic?
It is an expectation that organizations develop and maintain systems to find, appraise, and disseminate best practices to clinicians. Healthcare professionals have access to a virtually unlimited bank of professional journals and other sources of evidence via the Internet and electronic databases and using the evidence in clinical decision making is the norm for effective practice.
Who will benefit from reading this book?
We hope that all healthcare professionals will find value in this book. Certainly those in leadership roles in healthcare organizations will find the uncomplicated nature of the resources in this book quite helpful in examining the organizational culture, assessing the readiness for evidence-based practice, and taking the steps to implement changes to support an evidence-based approach for patient care.
What are a few of the best features of the book?
Voices from the Field give real-world first person accounts of the activities outlined in the chapters. Numerous tables and figures demonstrate and expand on key concepts. The appendices provide numerous forms and checklists that can be used immediately to assess resources, prioritize opportunities, and design studies.
For more information on this title, please visit our website: Evidence-Based Practice: An Implementation Guide for Healthcare Organizations
Janet Houser, PhD, RN, Academic Dean, Rueckert-Hartman College for Health Professions, Regis University
Kathleen S. Oman, RN, PhD, CEN, Research Nurse Scientist/CNS, CNS University of Colorado Hospital
ISBN-13: 978-0-7637-7617-6 | Paperback | 282 pages | © 2011