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DEVELOPING AN EVIDENCE-BASED PRACTICE PROTOCOL: IMPLICATIONS FOR MIDWIFERY PRACTICE

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ABSTRACT

Evidence-based practice is defined and its importance to midwifery practice is presented. Guidelines are provided for the development of an evidence-based practice protocol. These include: identifying the clinical question, obtaining the evidence, evaluating the validity and importance of the evidence, synthesizing the evidence and applying it to the development of a protocol or clinical algorithm, and, finally, developing an evaluation plan or measurement strategy to see if the new protocol is effective.

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