Evidence based practice

Evidence-based clinical practice is the conscientious, explicit and judicious use of the current best evidence when making decisions about patient care (Gray 1997).

As health care professionals you should integrate your clinical expertise with the best available published clinical evidence from systematic research.

The links (in green) on the left  will help you find a range of evidence based resources which you can use to inform patient care.

Staff and services that can also support you include:

    • South Devon Healthcare Library and Information Service
      Services include advice; training in information skills; print and electronic resources.
      Tel: 01803 656700
    • Clinical Effectiveness Department, Torbay Hospital
      Manages audits and the dissemination of effectiveness documents
      NB: Website only accessible on TSDFT network.
    • Research and Development, Horizon Centre, Torbay Hospital
      For help and advice on obtaining ethics and Trust approval for research as well as general advice and guidance on the management of research in the Trust. 
      Email: sdhct.research@nhs.net
      NB: Website only accessible on TSDFT network.
    • Research Design Service South West
      The RDS provides help for people preparing research proposals for submission to peer-reviewed funding competitions for applied health or social care research. The RDS will advise NHS researchers, and others working in partnership with the NHS, who are developing an application to a suitable funding body.