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Evid Based Nurs doi:10.1136/eb-2013-101510
  • Editorial

Patient and public involvement in the implementation of evidence into practice

  1. Kate Seers3
  1. 1Patient and Public Involvement and Patient Experiences Programme, RCN Research Institute, Warwick Medical School, University of Warwick, Coventry, UK
  2. 2Public Involvement Programme, National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, London, UK
  3. 3RCN Research Institute, Warwick Medical School, University of Warwick, Coventry, UK
  1. Correspondence to: Dr Sophie Staniszewska
    RCN Research Institute, Warwick Medical School, University of Warwick, Warwick CV4 7AL, UK; kate.seers{at}warwick.ac.uk

Evidence-based healthcare has become a primary focus in many healthcare systems, reflecting concern that practice does not always reflect what evidence suggests is best practice.1 A range of initiatives have been developed to support best practice, such as the development of national guidelines, technology assessment and research on implementation. However, the implementation of evidence is complex and multifaceted, often requiring changes at organisational, team and individual level and this inherent complexity has meant variable success in developing best practices.13

Implementation science as an area of research has developed over the last decade. However, less attention has been placed on understanding the role of individual patients, service …

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