EBP reduces inconsistency in practice and increases efficiency and effectiveness, and has thus been accepted by government and funding bodies as essential to better health care


Evidence based practice (EBP) or evidence informed practice have become common terms in

health care and there are many definitions in the literature. Hoffman, Bennett and Del Mar

describe EBP as ‘not just about using research evidence….it is also about valuing and using

the education, skills and experience that you have as a health professional…it is also about

considering the patient’s situation and values…as well as considering characteristics of the

practice context’ (2013, p3). Despite EBP being somewhat of a ‘buzz’ word, there is doubt

expressed about its contribution to safe, cost effective quality patient care.

understand, discuss and critique the application and implementation of EBP ( Evidence Best Practice)in health practice contexts as well as demonstrate application of personal academic success planning outcomes into your assignment.



EBP reduces inconsistency in practice and increases efficiency and effectiveness,

and has thus been accepted by government and funding bodies as essential to better

health care (Fetherstonhaugh, Nay & Winbolt, 2013, p.253).

Fetherstonhaugh, D., Nay, R., & Winbolt, M. (2013) ‘Evidence-based Health Care’ in P.

Liamputtong (ed), Research methods in health. Foundations for evidence-based practice,

(2nd ed), Oxford University Press, Australia. pp. 252-265.


Assignment brief

Reflect on, analyse, discuss and critically evaluate the statement by Fetherstonhaugh, Nay

and Winbolt (2013) within your professional context of practice. You should find that your

participation in the discussion group postings will assist you with this assignment. Use the

following questions to guide your responses. Please note that you are asked to demonstrate

application of the academic writing and information literacy skills identified in your

Academic Success Plan. You can use headings in this assignment.

Include an introduction and conclusion of at least 75 words each.


  1. a) Briefly describe your health profession and your current practice context. Do you

practice under a specific professional Code of Conduct developed by your National

Board or alternately does your profession apply the general Code of Conduct for

registered health practitioners? Is the application and use of EBP included in your

Professional Codes and Standards of Practice? (200 words).

  1. b) Describe and discuss in relation to the quote by Fetherstonhaugh et al. (2013) how in

your health care organisation or practice context EBP has been implemented in policies,

procedures and/or clinical guidelines to improve patient outcomes (400 words).

  1. c) Analyse and critique the statement by Fetherstonhaugh et al (2013) and its applicability

to your current practice context, your professional codes and standards and the scope of

your practice using the literature to substantiate and support your discussion points (750


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