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2014 EBP Requirement for all ATs

The most common definition of EBP is taken from Dr. David Sackett, a pioneer in evidence based practice.  EBP is “the conscientious, explicit and judicious use of current best evidence in making decisions about the care of the individual patient.  It means integrating individual clinical expertise with the best available external clinical evidence from systematic research.”  EBP is the integration of clinical expertise, patient values, and the best research evidence into the decision making process for patient care.

As outlined in the Fall 2012 AP Update, beginning in 2014, a new EBP category will require all ATs to complete a minimum number of BOC Approved EBP events each certification maintenance period.  All continuing education programs wishing to use the label EBP Category: Enhanced Continuing Education Program must be pre-approved through an application process.  This application process requires the applicant to demonstrate that the proposal meets specific content and quality requirements.  These requirements are intended to facilitate the type of presentation that is best able to contribute to clinical practice in an evidence based way.  Demonstration of these requirements is necessary for a successful application and subsequent approval for EBP Category CEUs.

To be eligible for approval as an EBP event, the program must adhere to at least one of the following formats: 1) Clinical EBP and/or 2) Foundations of EBP. There are three applications, one for each format and one for an integrated format that includes both clinical and foundations of EBP. Diversity among topics is encouraged in order to provide appropriate content for all clinicians relative to their level of expertise with EBP.  The BOC will post all BOC Approved EBP courses on our website as a resource for ATs to complete the requirement.

If you need assistance or would like additional information, please contact the Professional Development Coordinator.


Courtesy of BOC

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