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J Paediatr Child Health. 2011 Jul;47(7):415-8. doi: 10.1111/j.1440-1754.2011.02141.x.

Parents' search for evidence-based practice: a personal story.

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Occupational Therapy Department, Faculty of Social Welfare and Health Sciences, Haifa University, Haifa, Israel.


Many clients engage in an intense search for evidence related to the diagnosis, prognosis and intervention options of their (or their dependent's) health condition. A client-based search for evidence poses challenges from a client and clinician perspective and evolves the client-clinician relationship. This paper describes the meaning of searching for health evidence by health-care clients such as parents of hospitalised children through a personal story. I discuss the subjective search for evidence-based health information, interpretation and transfer of information as well as its impact on providers. In order to implement client-centred care and evidence-based practice health care organisations and providers need to take an active role in guiding clients in effective health information-seeking behaviour and to develop mechanisms for processing evidence presented by clients.

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