Evidence-Based Practice Applied to the Clinical Laboratory (Online Course)

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Author: Lee B. Springer, PhD, MLS(ASCP), CRA, MSHS
Reviewer: Kevin F. Foley, PhD, DABCC, MT, SC

This course will look at the concepts and approaches to evidence-based practice, such as developing focused questions, gathering evidence, and performing systematic reviews. Additionally the course will explore the steps needed to integrated evidence-based practices into clinical laboratory processes and decision-making to improve the quality of test results and ensure positive patient outcomes.

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Continuing Education Credits

  • P.A.C.E.® Contact Hours: 1 hour(s)
  • Florida Board of Clinical Laboratory Science CE - Supervision/Administration, Quality Control/Quality Assurance, and Safety: 1 hour(s)

Objectives

  • Define evidence-based practice (EBP).
  • Identify reasons for promoting EBP.
  • Discuss examples of research design and how they can support EBP.
  • List different sources for clinical evidence that can be accessed by laboratory professionals.
  • Describe how you would use an EBP approach to implement a change in your laboratory.

Customer Ratings

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Course Outline

  • What is evidence-based practice (EBP)?
      • Evidence-Based Practice (EBP)
      • EBP and the Clinical Laboratory
      • Evidence-based practice (EBP) is concerned primarily with new drug protocols and new testing algorithms and is not directly involved in questions conc...
  • What is considered evidence?
      • What is Considered "Evidence"?
      • A laboratory manager is considering a process change and is starting to research articles/journals that discuss this new process. When choosing a publ...
  • What is the relevance of EBP to practice?
      • Questions Asked and Addressed By EBP
  • Knowledge Gaps
      • Knowledge Gaps
  • Modern evidence-based decision making
      • Evidence-Based Decision Making
      • Step 1: Formulate the Question
      • Step 2: Search for Relevant and Meaningful Data and Information
      • Step 3: Appraise/Assess the Evidence
      • Step 3: Appraise/Assess the Evidence, continued
      • Step 4: Apply
      • Step 4, continued: Communicating Your Recommendation
      • Step 5: Implementation
      • Step 6: Assess and Audit
      • Choose the question below that is solution-focused.
      • What is the most neglected aspect of change-management mediated through evidence-based practice?
  • Systematic review
      • Systematic Reviews
      • Sources of Systematic Reviews
      • Common Problems with Searching
      • True or false. A systematic review of a topic has to have at least these three elements: Clear inclusion/exclusion criteriaAn explicit search strategy...
  • White Papers & Technical Documents
      • White Papers and Gray Literature
      • White papers may be considered "gray literature" if they are:
  • Bringing it All Together...
      • Scenario: Applying EBPYou are selecting a new method/instrument for your chemistry laboratory and decide to use an EBP approach with this selection pr...
      • Scenario: Applying EBP, continuedThe next step in your instrument decision-making process is to search for information and data that help to answer th...
      • Scenario: Applying EBP, continued You assess the gathered information and choose articles that are relevant and valid. You also review the vendor mate...
      • Scenario: Applying EBP, continuedWhich of these characteristics should you look for when assessing the articles and data that you compiled as evidence...
      • Scenario: Applying EBP, continuedYou will now be presenting your recommendation (Instrument B) to individuals who will be affected by this change. You...
      • Scenario: Applying EBP, continuedInstrument implementation is the final step in this EBP process.
      • Summary
  • References
      • References

Additional Information

Level of instruction: Intermediate
 
Intended Audience: This is an introductory-level management course for medical laboratory scientists, medical technologists, and technicians. This course is also appropriate for medical laboratory science students and pathology residents.
 
Author information: Lee B. Springer, PhD, MLS(ASCP), CRA, MSHS is the Director of Clinical Laboratory Medicine for PTS Diagnostics. In his career as a laboratory professional, Lee has worked in both hospital and corporate settings. He holds a Doctorate in Health Care Administration and a Masters in Health Science from Touro University. Lee has written articles for several laboratory publications on quality management issues.
 
Reviewer information: Kevin F. Foley, PhD, DABCC, MT, SC is the Northwest chemistry, toxicology, immunology and POC director for Kaiser Permanente. He also teaches pharmacology, clinical chemistry, immunology and medicinal chemistry at Oregon Health Sciences University. Dr. Foley earned his PhD in clinical pharmacology and toxicology at East Carolina School of Medicine in North Carolina. His research areas include cardiovascular risk and inflammation markers as well as the neuropharmacology of amphetamine-like compounds. He is a frequent contributor to several clinical laboratory publications and is active in the American Association of Clinical Chemistry.
 
Course description: This course will look at the concepts and approaches to evidence-based practice, such as developing focused questions, gathering evidence, and performing systematic reviews.  Additionally the course will explore the steps needed to integrated evidence-based practices into clinical laboratory processes and decision-making to improve the quality of test results and ensure positive patient outcomes.




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