The healthcare service involves the formation of critical lifesaving decisions on a daily basis, which are guided by evidence-based practice or the physician’s intrusion. While certain decisions must be made quickly to avoid the loss of life, there is always a need for ensuring proper decision-making process and consistent use of evidence-based practice (EBP). On this note, both leadership and EBP are critical components for enabling a professional approach in the treatment of patients. Importantly, evidence–based practice requires critical knowledge in evidence-based treatment methods. In effect, this leads to the provision of better healthcare (Davidson et al., 2016). In addition, there is a need for an in-depth knowledge of the organizational strategies, change management practices, and structures to facilitate its use.
While professionals may be required to use evidence-based practice, there is an acknowledgment of contextual and organizational factors that may inhibit its use. In particular, the contextual factors include support, resources, culture, and leadership. In brief, culture has been found to be the main component in the determination of the use of evidence-based practice (Houser & Oman, 2011). Nonetheless, the implementation of proper and sound leadership is effective in creating a sustainable organization vision and the establishment of role models (Stetler et al., 2014). In addition, it leads to the creation of strong mentors and enables the integration of EBP in the health facility. In this regard, it is important for organizations to recruit physicians who are willing and demonstrate a commitment to use evidence-based practice. Noteworthy, health professionals who use evidence-based practice have a commitment to excellent patient treatment. Consequently, if clinicians use EBP they become informal leaders and facilitate the development of a proper patient-focused culture in the hospital.
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