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Dropping your pebble of knowledge

Court, Anthea

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doi: 10.1097/01.JBI.0000393764.20260.43
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nthea Court, Associate Director, Evidence Transfer and Utilisation

As I write this I am reminded of the critical role of health professionals and good health information play in our modern world. We are now experiencing an increasing number of H5N1 bird flu virus infections in Asia and Turkey. We are told of the continuing need for good and immediate health care in Pakistan following the earthquake in October last year and we see strengthening of the health sector in affected countries in the aftermath of the devastating tsunamis a year ago. Globally we are still dealing with diseases like cholera, tuberculosis, meningitis, measles, malaria, typhoid and HIV/AIDS to name just a few.

The aim of the Joanna Briggs Institute through its PACES program is to provide a tool for health professions across the globe to integrate good research evidence into their practice. The editorial team at PACEsetterS would love to speak to you about how you are doing this in your setting with a view to sharing this valuable information with others.

Aldous Huxley, author of Brave New World, once said, "Experience is not what happens to you; it's what you do with what happens to you." May I encourage you to do something with your experience so that other's may benefit from what you have learned about applying research evidence to your practice – sharing both what works well and what perhaps doesn't work so well.

We are fortunate in this issue to have a closer look at some of the issues mentioned above, particularly with our cover story set in Nepal as we talk to Jill Benson and Susan Selby about their experiences working there.

We also take a look at evidence-based practice around the world including interviews with some of the delegates, from over 20 nations, who attended our successful International Convention, Pebbles of Knowledge: making evidence meaningful in November last year. We talk to Christine Jolinger from Sweden about paediatric intensive care and discuss some of the origins of evidence based practice in Canada with McMaster University's Donna Ciliska, We also speak to Lisa Hopp, Director of the Joanna Briggs collaborating centre in Indiana, and Dr Carole Kenner from our Oklahoma Centre among many other interesting health professionals.

I trust that regardless of whether you are a clinician, manager, educator, student or consumer of healthcare that you will find this issue of interest and use to you.

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