Research evidence can inform us of what works for most people and why. Knowing where and how to find relevant literature makes it much easier to use evidence in your practice.
Evidence can be used in different ways:
- It can help you build and update your personal knowledge base
- It can be used to answer a specific question or to help provide care to a particular client
- Evidence may be used to develop policies or approaches for use within your organisation or service
- Research evidence can be used in audit and quality improvement processes which aim to assess and improve care
- It can be used in guidance resources that support professional practice
- Evidence is increasingly being embedded in clinical decision making systems that guide care provision.
The information in this section will help you source the best evidence available for palliative care and end-of-life care in aged care. In addition to the prepared summaries of evidence including any implications for practice contained within palliAGED you may find the Guide to Aged Care Information Sources pages useful to access to resources and academic journals on ageing. To get started with searching for new or very specific evidence in palliative care access the PubMed literature search pages to guide your searches using filters developed by expert librarians.
The Knowledge Network, NHS Education for Scotland
Tools, Centre for Evidence Based Medicine
Page updated 20 April 2020