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Three Approaches to Clinical Procedures Development
1. Adapt an existing procedure from a high quality external resource
You can search reputable resources that contain evidence based procedures and customise as required to suit local conditions
- Clinical Guidelines
- Good sources of existing clinical guidelines include specialty Society sites. NICE Guidance / Pathways can be useful. You can also find clinical guidelines via UpToDate (Search for a topic and find Society Guideline Links near the bottom of the Topic Outline), BMJ Best Practice (Search for a specific topic and find Guidelines in the Resources section), TRIP (Search for a topic and find Guidelines under Evidence Type on the right.). All of these allow refinement by geographic region so you can find Australian guidelines. Guidelines can also be found in Nursing Advisor.
- Nursing Procedures
- Two hundred of these procedures (rising to 450) have been developed in conjunction with the Australian Council of Nursing and are reviewed annually. Such procedures have AU at the end of their title. Many of the procedures in this resource include checklists, quizzes and videos which you can link to from your final procedure for additional staff education and training. This resource has been endorsed by the Barwon Health Nursing Council
- JBI EBP Database
- JBI is an Australian source of evidence. It is primarily for nursing but also covers allied Health and medicine. Click on Recommended Practices (in the white box labelled Publication Types) to limit to Procedures. Evidence Summaries are also useful.
- UpToDate / BMJ Best Practice
- As well as being a source of clinical guidelines as above, these resources also provide evidence based summaries of clinical topics that are regularly updated.
- Rehabilitation Reference Centre
- Rehabilitation Reference Centre provides evidence based content for physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists and rehabilitation professionals. Click on the Practice Resources tab to find Practice Guidelines and Clinical Reviews
TIP - the resources above (and more) have patient handouts. In a similar fashion, you can use such handouts when developing a patient handout for Barwon Health. Remember that all information viewed by consumers needs to be submitted to WISE
2. Adapt an existing procedure from other Victorian Health
PROMPT which stores policies and procedures, is used by approximately 100 Victorian health services.
You can search for the procedures developed by other health services by following these instructions
Important - just because it is an existing procedure of another health service doesn't mean it is necessarily of high quality
3. Develop a Procedure Anew
If you cannot find an existing high quality procedure to adapt, then you need to develop your procedure by searching for evidence based information or asking a librarian to do this for you.
- Library Information guides:
- Suggested resources for searching evidence based literature:
Book a consultation with a librarian for further help with your literature searching
Request a Literature Search - Barwon Health staff may request literature searches for Barwon health policy/protocol development