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Why have EBP?
Many elements of nursing continue to be based on custom and practice, without much thought being given to why things are done in a certain way. As Bertrand Russell is alleged to have said:
that an opinion has been widely held is no evidence whatever that it is
not utterly absurd"
In the current age of clinical governance, health care staff must strive to provide the best quality of care they can. This emphasises Sackett's argument that evidence based practice is "conscientious", meaning that it requires thought and a questioning attitude to patient care.
There are many reasons why nurses should engage in evidence based practice. These include:
Department of Health (1997) The new NHS: Modern, dependable.
Sackett DL, Rosenberg WMC, Gray JAM, Richardson WS (1996). Evidence based medicine: what it is and what it isn't. British Medical Journal. 312 (13 January) 71-72.
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