Tweetchat: The future for EBP – crisis or renaissance?

The inaugural #ResNetSLT Twitter Journal Club took place on Wednesday, 27th January, 2016.

It proved to be a great chat and an experience for many new to Tweetchatting with 47 participants, and possibly even a few more just observing.

The Tweetchat was based around this article: 'Evidence based medicine: a movement in crisis?' To view the chat themes/questions, please click here.

The exhilarating dialogue between Dr Joanne Fillingham, who chaired the chat on behalf of Dr Hazel Roddam, and those of us joining in virtually brought evidence-based practice alive and allowed exploration of what EBP really means for us.

The conversation covered many themes: challenges and barriers to EBP and research, shared decision making in clinical practice and implication for training and education.

There was a call for research based in clinical practice including well-designed case studies and qualitative research as well as using consistent measures to build evidence.

Another theme was sharing evidence and research as well as the lack of evidence base in some fields of practice.

There was recognition that confidence is an important factor in engagement in EBP and the role that collaboration has in developing confidence, skills and opportunities.

Some discussion also centred on use of terminology, for example 'evidence-based therapy' and what we mean by evidence, and the roles that the clinician and client play.

A range of resources and suggestions were shared to support the sharing and application of evidence including:
The final question of the chat was whether 'reading the paper had changed the way you think about EBP'.

It was a poll vote of which the resulted in 71% of 17 voters voting 'Yes' - amazing to evidence that an hours virtual tweeting with like-minded individuals can enable such influence and influencing.

To check out the full transcript of the Tweetchat please click here.

We hope you can join #ResNetSLT again on Wednesday, 24th February, 7.30-8.30pm.