22 Building capability, leadership and a home for evidence based medicine in ireland

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Abstract

Objectives

Whilst the EBM movement and the approach to putting evidence into practice has grown throughout the world, its adoption in Ireland has been somewhat fragmented, with no unifying network to connect the practitioners, educators and students of EBM.

Objectives

Our aim is to establish a hub for evidence based medicine in Ireland and to promote evidence based practice throughout the healthcare system in Ireland, with the ultimate goal of improving patient outcomes.

Method

There is a focus on capacity building, sustainability, identifying change agents and implementation of evidence into practice. The establishment of EBMI will commence with the development of a network of practitioners and educators identified through the EBM workshop held in November 2017.

Method

A grant was awarded by the Naji Foundation for training and capacity building. The Naji Foundation is dedicated to promoting evidence-based healthcare and informed healthcare choices and aims to support activities and research that increase the use and understanding of evidence in healthcare.

Conclusions

This project addresses the current lack of standardised EBM education, training and practice in Ireland. EBMI will provide a hub for education, collaboration and dissemination with a multidisciplinary group of health professionals working in the Irish health system. The network aims to build a future network of EBM advocates and will maintain strong links with the international EBM community.

Conclusions

Through dissemination and translation of evidence into practice, this innovative national initiative will enhance our ability to communicate, translate and exchange information to make a real difference in health care.

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