Applying the evidence
Six key slides produced by the University of Western Australia on applying evidence in practice.Key Concepts addressed:
- 2-15 Fair comparisons with few people or outcome events can be misleading
- 2-18 Don’t confuse “no evidence” with “no effect”
- 3-1 Do the outcomes measured matter to you?
- 3-2 Are you very different from the people studied?
- 3-3 Are the treatments practical in your setting?
- 3-5 How certain is the evidence?
- 3-4 Do treatment comparisons reflect your circumstances?
This resource on applying evidence in practice has been produced by the University of Western Australia.
Even if research evidence has internal validity, it often applies to the ‘ideal’ patient who has been selected for a clinical trial, and estimates an ‘average’ benefit for that patient. However, to decide whether you can apply that evidence to your patient, you must consider:
- that individual’s characteristics, preferences, values
- the environment in which you practice
- the practitioner’s expertise and familiarity with an intervention
You are now looking at external validity.