Evidence-based practice: a retrograde step? The importance of pluralism in evidence generation for the practice of health care
Article first published online: 24 DEC 2001
Journal of Clinical Nursing
Volume 8, Issue 1, pages 89–94, January 1999
How to Cite
CLARKE, J. B. (1999), Evidence-based practice: a retrograde step? The importance of pluralism in evidence generation for the practice of health care. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 8: 89–94. doi: 10.1046/j.1365-2702.1999.00222.x
- Issue published online: 24 DEC 2001
- Article first published online: 24 DEC 2001
- evidence-based medicine;
- evidence-based practice;
- hermeneutic evidence;
• The origin of evidence-based medicine is explored and its connection to evidence-based practice examined.
• Widespread acceptance of the dominant scientific paradigm supporting evidence-based practice is challenged.
• Knowledge classifications and their relevance for nursing practice are considered, with the need for a critical balance to be pursued.
• Recommendations are made, regarding the future of evidence for practice, and a brief example of emerging evidence concerning values of professional caring is offered in redressing the balance.