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Moving forward in new era of auditing

Court, Anthea

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doi: 10.1097/01.JBI.0000394911.45380.4b
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nthea Court, Associate Director, Evidence Transfer and Utilisation

This is our first issue of PACEsetterS for 2005, and we thank everyone for their continued support. The evidence suggests it is going to be another big year.

After an enormous amount of research, PACES has been “put through its paces” and is now available on line. In this special issue we provide a step-by-step guide how the on-line audit tool – Practical Application of Clinical Evidence System – may work for you.

We have also asked experts in their specific field for their assessment of PACES, and how the program may help health care centres implement best practice.

This year the Institute is pleased to be providing aged care clinical fellowships with the valued assistance of the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing. We will introduce you to the selected health professionals who will be trained in the use of JBI PACES and assisted to conduct utilisation projects within their care facilities.

We talk to Professor Jos Kleijnen, who is one of the world's leading epidemiologists, and is recognised as one of the creators of systematic reviews. He is also Director of the Centre for Reviews and Dissemination at the University of York in the United Kingdom, and a member of the Committee of Management at the Joanna Briggs Institute.

Professor Kleijnen has led a fascinating life from his early days at the University of Maastricht, in the Netherlands, and he talks about where clinicians worldwide are heading with best practice.

We meet another member of the Committee of Management, Steve McDonald, who is a researcher and information specialist, and is heavily involving with an exciting project in South East Asia.

Mention the field of crime scene investigation, and many people immediately think of the popular television shows. Dr Sara Jones wishes it were that easy to solve crimes in real life. She is a senior lecturer in podiatry at the University of South Australia, and her research has involved working with the FBI to help solve crimes using forensic podiatry. It adds a new meaning to evidence-based practice.

Many countries have harsh terrain, and we pay tribute to the dedicated rural and remote nurses and health care professionals who provide a marvellous service. We go inside the world-renowned Royal Flying Doctor Service, and talk about flight nursing.

The Joanna Briggs Institute welcomes our new collaborating centres, and we take a visit to Shanghai in the People's Republic of China, and Indiana, New Jersey and Oklahoma in the United States.

Have a great year.

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