Leveraging EBP to Establish Best Practices, Achieve Quality Outcomes, and Actualize High Reliability: Building EBP Competency Is Not Enough

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      Health care in the United States has been in a critical state for decades and the recent pandemic has added additional stress to a system that is underpinned by widespread variation in practice and care. Evidence-based practice (EBP) is a methodological, problem-solving approach to identify best practices that, when implemented and sustained, leads to quality outcomes, and actualization of true high reliability. To reap the benefits of EBP, however, leaders must do more than simply build EBP competencies. This article provides clarity, guidance, and resources for leaders who are beginning or advancing integration of EBP in their organizations.
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      Laura Caramanica, PhD, RN, CENP, CNE, FACHE, FAAN, is graduate program director and professor at Tanner Health System School of Nursing, University of West Georgia, in Carrollton, Georgia. She can be reached at [email protected] Lynn P. Gallagher-Ford, is chief operating officer and clinical director at Helene Fuld Health Trust National Institute for EBP, The Ohio State University, in Columbus Ohio.