The CE administrator, planner, and presenter all have essential roles in promoting Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) and using evidence-based information in the planning and development of continuing education offerings. Clinicians can become easily frustrated by the aim to incorporate evidence based practice paradigms in their clinical settings, frequently resulting from a combination of the lack of sufficient knowledge and skills as well as a lack of time and other key resources for proper implementation.
In evidence-based continuing education sessions, the presenter provides:
Attending EB CE sessions benefits the participant in several ways. Presenters at such sessions provide:
At the end of an EB CE session, the participant possesses a wealth of information that can be immediately applied to their practice. References cited in a presentation can be reviewed and considered at a future time to support or perhaps initiate change in clinical practice. Evidence-based sessions encourage participants to use the information to improve the practice in their clinical settings and to explore pertinent clinical questions that exist in their own practice. For more information see DePalma, JA (2007), The Value of Evidence-Based Continuing Education, Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing, 38(2): 52–53.
The inclusion of proper citations of prior research should accompany presentation slides and hand-out materials, thus providing concrete references for attendees.
CE administrators and planners can develop best practice guidelines for the use and application of evidence-based information within course content. CE providers should be encouraged to incorporate educational offerings which demonstrate the use of evidence to change or enhance clinical practice or to develop how-to sessions on skills needed to implement EBP.
Evidence-based sessions can take two distinct approaches: