Evidence Base Practice

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This essay focuses on what Evidence Based Practice (EBP) entails in nursing and its

significance for patients and health care professionals in practice. In relation to EBP

in nursing, a selected practice concerning the management of epilepsy in children and

adults will be critically appraised using the National Institute for Clinical Excellence

(NICE 2004) guidelines and a research trial (Simister et al 2005) as the main enthuses

of this essay. This involves different types of evidence used to inform clinical

practice. The different types of ‘evidence’ concerning the management and treatment

of epilepsy will be discussed as to how it can inform clinical practice by comparing

other similar studies about new and old antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) and, if they too

can be reliable in informing clinical practice for people with epilepsy. However, due

to the word limit of this essay only one new AED (topirimate) out of seven will be

discussed and compared to the older AEDs Soudium Valporate and Carbamazipine. In

addition to EBP, it is mindful to discuss if any factors may influence or facilitate in

implementing the EBP in managing and treating epilepsy in children and adults.

Nursing research has developed over the last thirty years using a systematic approach

which is designed to develop nurses’ knowledge, skills and clinical practice in caring

for patients. Nursing researches involves EBP which is scientific clinical research

findings. This informs nurses’ practice from different types of evidence by

professional expertises that collect and interpret the evidence for a valid outcome for

clinical practices in supporting patients’ health and treatment. The ‘evidence’ in EBP

requires a blending of research involving patient experience and clinical professions

expertise as part of the evidence (Gerrish

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