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By Helen Aveyard

ISBN-10: 0335246729

ISBN-13: 9780335246724

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Let’s then say that unfortunately your friend also contracts the disease, despite receiving the newer vaccine – (no vaccination is ever 100 per cent effective). If (s)he then attempts to bring a case in negligence against the health and social care provider, (s)he is less likely to be able to succeed because the practitioner in this case used the most up-to-date evidence to select the appropriate vaccine and hence did not fail in the duty owed to the patient/client. Being able to provide a good rationale or explanation for your practice is an essential component of the concept ‘evidence-based practice’ and might even prevent you from becoming involved in any legal proceedings.

Net/), he explores and often exposes health and social care stories which are presented or reported as fact that are based on very little, inaccurate or no evidence. For example in his book he dedicates a chapter to homeopathy and, more recently, on his website discusses claims made regarding the role of vitamin supplements in the treatment of HIV and AIDs, and claims that traditional treatments for these diseases were harmful. Goldacre illustrates clearly that the vast amount of information available needs close scrutiny.

Whilst some of the practices may not change, it is the shift from anecdotal support of practices to solid reasons that helps develop and keep a professional, safe and effective approach to the role. Also with the development of new evidence, any unsafe, inconsistent and unbeneficial interventions can be avoided. Over time, the term ‘research-based practice’ became replaced by ‘evidencebased practice’ in order to incorporate the influence of professional judgement and patient preference as discussed in Chapter 1.

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