Evidence-based Practice Group (EBP) for
The General Practice Group Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) group aims to find the best evidence to underpin primary care clinical practice, highlight gaps in the evidence to the research community, highlight means by which the best evidence could be implemented to commissioners and share knowledge and expertise between the clinical and academic colleagues (e.g. developing clinically relevant questions and critical appraisal skills).
Clinical questions are examined by the GP EBP Group come from and are prioritised by the EBP group members. They are raised from real-word clinical uncertainties or concerns, for which a clear answer is not forthcoming. The groups decide upon the approach to answering the question, which may be a literature search, drilling down on and critically appraising the evidence underpinning guidelines recommendations or seeking input from researchers generating new primary evidence.
- How does continuity of care influence patient safety?
- What are the benefits of intensification of statins when used for primary prevention of cardiovascular disease?
- In patients with Alzheimer's disease, what are the benefits of anti-dementia drugs?
- How can we rationalise our statin use for primary prevention among our patients?
- What is the evidence underlying to the tools we are using to assess frailty in primary care and what are we actually measuring?
- Hidden adverse effects: what are the long-term harms of taking opioids?
- Doctor...the midwife has asked if you will prescribe apirin..will you do it?
- Should I stay or should I lower? What are the harms of biomechanical overtreatment of hypothyroidism?
The GP EBP Group is co-led by Dr John Edwards and Dr Lizzie Cottrell, who are both GPs at the Keele University Academic General Practice. Regular members include GP, both with academic experience and with no academic experience, academics and primary care nurses. While the group is focussed on issues relevant to General Practitioners, we have encouraged people with wider professional backgrounds into the group to provide a broader primary care perspective.
If you would like to be kept up to date with communication about the EBP group and details of forthcoming meetings, please apply to join the mail list.
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