The care that patients receive must be made from the best evidence that is available. This means that for any practice that is undertaken, research must be done. Clinical practices are driven by research and scholarly methods (Curtis, Fry, & Considine, 2017). This helps in ensuring that health care is provided in a safe, effective, and transparent way. Implementation science is one of the methods that can be used to translate evidence into practice. It involves investigating major factors such as social, economic, and behavioral factors (Curtis, Fry, & Considine, 2017).
Interventions can be used as methods to translate evidence into practice. Behavioral change techniques are used in interventions. Changing behavior is not the simplest thing to do (Curtis, Fry, & Considine, 2017). However, it is the most effective method when it comes to intervention. It is also important to know who will be involved in the techniques of changing behavior. This can be determined by looking at beliefs, skills, and intentions among others. For example, to determine what changes are needed to address a certain clinical behavior, it is very important to conduct a survey.
The validity of any practice is its ability to carry out what it’s supposed to accurately (Dahabreh et al, 2017). For any practice to be meaning to the health care organization, it has to be valid. There are different types of practical validation methodologies. Face validity – this type of validity checks whether a practice can assess or fulfill interest of the stakeholders in an organization. While this cannot stand on its own or give an accurate measure, it can be helpful in providing opinion of the stakeholders (Dahabreh et al, 2017). Content validity – this method measures how indicators represented can assess a given condition, for example effects of a certain medicine on the patients. Criterion validity – as the name suggests, it checks whether a given practice meets the standard that has been put into place. Construct validity – this method checks whether the practice is as useful as it is shown to be in the theory (Dahabreh et al, 2017). It is used when we do not have a standard to measure a practice with.
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