By nature, evidence-based practice (EBP) projects require healthcare support and a conducive environment to drive change. Several internal and external forces influence the implementation of EBP at all healthcare levels. These factors include organizational culture, human resources, and adequate funding. Planning for any EBP change requires the best data and information to make informed decisions and improve the results. Therefore, it is crucial to understand the healthcare system at a local level to harness the knowledge needed to implement EBP from the data and information.
Importance of Understanding the Health Care System at the Local Level When Implementing EBP
EBP requires various resources such as adequate funding and human capital from the local levels. Understanding the available resources at the local level will enable the researcher to determine what is needed to make the changes. Secondly, it is crucial to understand the organizational structure of the local level health care system as it plays a significant role in the successful implementation of EBP (Stavor et al., 2017). Factors such as organizational leadership, norms, policies, and traditions play an important role in influencing the successful implementation of EBP. These factors foster collaboration with every stakeholder, including the local communities, in the implementation process.
Factors to Consider in a planned change Project
In a planned change project, consider involving the local agencies and communities. Their participation in the change project contributes to bringing significant input needed to facilitate successful implementation (Stahmer et al., 2018). Another consideration is to integrate corporate social responsibility in the process. It is essential as it ensures the project is implemented in the best interests of society and the project does not violate laws and regulations that govern the health and safety of the local communities.
In conclusion, when conducting a planned EBP, building on knowledge can provide a good foundation for adopting the change. An evident organizational culture that outlines EBP goals and expectations can drive change and smooth implementation. The corporate culture and resources can be barriers or facilitators to a successful implementation of EBP. Therefore, it is essential to have an in-depth understanding of the available resources before implementation.
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