“Evidence-based practice is the “integration of best research evidence with clinical expertise and patient values.” (The Information Standard, 2013). Although it helps to enable us to work in-line with the best available evidence, it does not enable us to evaluate whether we are achieving what we set out to achieve with our service-users. We need to measure outcomes in order to evaluate this. This data can then help us to evaluate the service we are providing as well as influence others with the importance of dietetics.
There are multiple ways of measuring outcomes and the key to the most effective is considering for what purpose you are measuring. The BDA outcomes working group considered this question carefully and created a guidance document and framework to support their members in collecting outcome data.
Speaker: Eleanor Johnstone
Eleanor Johnstone’s dietetic background is in weight management and type 2 diabetes. She now works as a Policy Officer in evidenced-base practice at the British Dietetic Association. She promotes and supports members to get involved with and develop their evidenced-based practice skills by: facilitating reposes to national consultations; promoting the evidence-base to members through the Practice-based Evidence in Nutrition (PEN®) system and research eNewsletters; and, has worked with a group of members to develop a member-wide strategy for collecting outcome data in order to evaluate service-user care and promote the profession.