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What is best practice?


Best practice is the means for providing the best possible outcome for patients based on judgments that consider patient needs, clinical experience and the best available evidence.

Best practice can be found at the intersection of three realms: best available clinical evidence, clinical expertise and experience and patient values and expectations. Those striving for best practice consider and integrate all three elements into the decisions they make and the actions they take

Best practice is situational. The descriptions of best practice provided within these pages must be considered within the context of facility policy, provincial legislation and regulation and other local factors before they are applied.

Furthermore, best practice is continually evolving. In a rapidly changing field like healthcare, new developments and discoveries come up every day that influence the way practices are applied. MRTs are encouraged to always seek out the most up-to-date information on their topic of interest, as the newer information might impact the decision-making process.

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