Evidence-based practice. A philosophical and political analysis: some matters for consideration by professional practitioners

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Hazel Colyer Department of Radiography, Canterbury Christ Church College, North Holmes Road, Canterbury, Kent CCCT1 1QU, England.

Abstract

Evidence-based practice. A philosophical and political analysis: some matters for consideration by professional practitioners¶ This paper evaluates the concept of evidence-based practice (EBP) and appraises critically the implementation process of the EBP initiative, noting its consonance with the aspirations of the dominant political culture and offering a critique of the inherent contradictions and ethical dilemmas associated with it. A critical evaluation of the implications for practitioners and service users is offered and the authors argue that while the concept of EBP is a laudable one, there is a need to exercise caution about uncritical acceptance and evidence that a more eclectic and less reductionist approach to EBP is essential for quality service development.

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