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The challenge: basing practice on evidence

Court, Anthea

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doi: 10.1097/01.JBI.0000393733.67679.33
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nthea Court, Associate Director, Evidence Transfer and Utilisation

Welcome to another issue of PACEsetterS magazine! As this issue goes to print we are excited about meeting colleagues from around the world at the 5th Joanna Briggs Colloquium in Durban, South Africa. We have also started planning the second Joanna Briggs International Convention to be held in Adelaide, South Australia in 2007. These events present a unique and innovative forum for health professionals from a diverse range of disciplines to share their experiences of generating, synthesising and utilising evidence in practice.

As you may know, it was with this endeavour in mind that PACEsetterS was initiated. We hope that this magazine serves as a forum for sharing knowledge and experiences relating to the practical application of the best available evidence in the clinical environment – in the real world.

Previous issues of PACEsetterS have covered many and varied topics related to evidence-based practice. We have heard from all corners of the globe, from China to the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and more. In doing so, one thing has become blatantly clear – no matter where in the world you are, getting evidence into practice is a challenge. Health professionals all over the world are facing similar barriers and challenges to achieving evidence-based practice.

At the Joanna Briggs Institute, we are aware that clinicians need practical advice and information to assist them in this difficult process. What better way to do that than to share the experiences of others attempting to achieve the same goal?

In this issue of PACEsetterS we have endeavoured to focus on a specific utilisation project relating to physical restraint in the aged care sector. Meet Jan and Jennifer and hear about the challenges they faced and the successes they had relating to changing practice in their respective facilities. We also talk to David Evans about the challenges he met when conducting the systematic review on restraint for the Joanna Briggs Institute and developing guidelines for clinical practice.

Don't miss our exclusive interview with Dr Carolyn Clancy, the Director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality in the United States. Read about the transformation of the Agency and their approach to the review of evidence and provision of information to health professionals for use in practice.

Sharing our experiences with each other allows us to learn from each other's mistakes and triumphs. Perhaps you will recognise some characteristics of your own clinical environment in others. Perhaps you will learn about what worked and what didn't in that environment and be able to apply similar strategies in your workplace. Sharing this practical knowledge can only assist and strengthen this difficult process.

As always, we value your feedback and comment on PACEsetterS. Please email your comment to [email protected]

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