"Research without practice is like building castles in the air
Practice without research is building castles on slippery grounds"
Parahoo (1997, p4)
“Research is a systematic, planned, investigation of a specific problem, with a predetermined outcome, which will contribute to our understanding of the phenomena in question. Thus, the research project begins with identifying a problem to be investigated and ends with an outcome in the form of results and recommendations”. Evidence based practice on the other hand is “the conscientious, explicit and judicious use of current best evidence in making decisions about the care of individual patients. The use of the evidence for decision making, rather than the creation of evidence through the research process therefore seems to be a fundamental difference between research and evidence based practice” (Carnwell 2000: 56).
As a newly qualified practitioner you will be expected to solve a variety of clinical problems by searching for evidence related to a specific problem, critically appraising the evidence and evaluating its applicability to practice. Evidence-based practice involves the use of research evidence to underpin clinical judgements within the holistic spectrum of care.
To enhance the ability of newly qualified practitioners to gather and present evidence of applying research skills and knowledge in the workplace.
At the end of this unit, and following a period of reflective practice, you will be able to: