Sample Essay on Using Evidence to Change Policies

Using Evidence to Change Policies

Evidence-based practice involves carefully making decisions while basing choices on current best evidence available from the latest conducted researches. Policies enacted by various administrations are considered highly effective after conducting research on the affected individuals in the public. Interviews with members of the public, for instance, on patient care in the medical institutions, are useful. According to Keiser (2013), the health care field has currently put more emphasis on the quality, safety, and effectiveness in their services to the public; hence the transition of its system to a patient-centered model from the initial provider centered approach of service delivery. This paper aims to describe how various practices in the medical field are related to the best available evidence and how this information can be useful to create necessary changes on the policies.

Part 1: Staff Nurse Situation

While conducting investigations to determine if this practice had a reflection on the best available evidence, a number of issues came up. Patients that come to the hospital are different kinds of people from different backgrounds. The Critical Care Unit, unlike other departments in a hospital, has more emotional visitors because of the seriousness of their lovers’ and friends’ conditions (Thomas et al, 2013). Visitors would always want to spend most of the time with them to give their best and improve the patients’ condition. Visitors’ time is restricted to allow time for physicians to attend to the patients. However, considering the patients’ conditions and the attention that they require, those in the critical care unit should be given more time with their loved ones. The healing process does not fully depend on medicine, their emotional attachment is equally important (Teryn, 2011 and Kilburn, 2011).

Part 2: My Work Environment

The interaction between nurses, health care assistants, and patients needs critical revision and facilitation to ensure the enhancement of policies to preserve the reputation of the hospital. This concern is especially because of some patients complaining of coercion from the staff to do what they do not desire. The increasing number of cases of patients who were forced to do or take measures that they were not convinced were appropriate is on the rise. The aged population makes the highest number of complaints than the young students. The hospital serves mostly College students and a few locals. Finding accurate data about the reports will involve issuing questionnaires in both hard copy and fill-in-forms on the hospital website. This will not only show the ratio of the number of cases between the aged and the young but also the departments and personnel (if possible) who were involved in conflicts.


Teryn Mattox & Rebecca Kilburn (2011) Evidence Based Practice Promising Practices Network.

Thomas, Morris, George and Cathy Banks (2013) Evidence Based Policy, Practice and Decision

            Making Journal of Department of Justice page 23-27

Keiser, M (2013) Evidence Based Policies and Practices Department of Probation