Evidence–informed care is about making sure that money spent on health services is giving value. This approach to decision-making is more relevant than ever in our current financial climate.
It involves taking time to review research findings, evidence in other words, and a range of other relevant literature, before taking action. It requires planning evaluation alongside pathway design or re-design – or even for existing services – to find out if all aspects of service requirements are being achieved. This may include clinical effectiveness, patient satisfaction, cost effectiveness, or a cost saving.
To promote evidence-informed care, the West of England AHSN in partnership with CLAHRC West, have compiled these example case studies. They illustrate how using evidence and carrying out service evaluation can positively influence a number of aspects of commissioning – in these cases focusing on health services.
The case studies are from a range of sources. The West of England AHSN and CLAHRC West would like to say thank you to everyone who agreed to share their work, for the benefit of the wider health community. Acknowledgements to:
- GP Clinical Evidence Fellows
- Clinical Commissioning Groups in the West of England
- Service Evaluation Team at the Centre for Health and Clinical Research, University of West of England (UWE Bristol)
- other organisations and individuals named within the case studies.
To share your work, or for further information, contact Jo Bangoura on firstname.lastname@example.org
Evidence case studies
- What is the evidence for clinical effectiveness of patella resurfacing with total knee replacement?
- Evidence for an out-of-hours service in mental health to support people in emotional distress
- To review the clinical efficacy of injection therapy for treating low back pain
- Over prescribing for older people
- Managing Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
- Use of computers and mobile phones in the treatment of depression or anxiety
Evaluation case studies
- 1625 Independent People’s Cash Pointers service
- A new care home pharmacist service
- Swindon Street Triage service
- Near-patient testing in Swindon Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) urgent care GP service
- GP Alcohol Liaison Nurse pilot project evaluation
- Preventing cerebral palsy in preterm births
- Don’t Wait to Anticoagulate
- Review of paediatric admissions
- Service evaluation of the Wellness Package: a 12 month longitudinal retrospective
For a handy collection of some of the above case studies and more, have a read of our ‘Show me the evidence!’ booklet: