Centre for Evidence-Based Practice
We believe that providing high-quality assistance is paramount. Through our Centre for Evidence-Based Practice (CEBaP) we are able to research a scientific basis for everything we do. In this way we can guarantee that we will be able to provide effective support in all fields, from blood supply to emergency relief.
What is ‘Evidence-Based Practice’?
Many practical questions do not have a straightforward answer. Experts and manuals can sometimes offer conflicting advice. Research into the impact of interventions gave rise to the methodology known as ‘Evidence-Based Practice', a practical framework for supporting particular actions with the best available evidence. In this methodology the best available evidence from scientific literature is supplemented with know-how from experts and information gleaned through practical experience. We also take into account the preferences of and resources available to a given target group. This methodology enables us to base our responses on solid data.
Providing more efficient and more effective support
Thanks to the ongoing research conducted by our Centre for Evidence-Based Practice, we are able to continually improve the support we provide and ensure that it is constantly made more efficient and more effective. In terms of research, our primary considerations are developing and disseminating knowledge.
Through CEBaP we draw up guidelines based on scientifically proven information as well as on input from a multidisciplinary panel of experts on the subject at hand. We also conduct systematic reviews to provide an overview of all studies relevant to a particular topic.
The knowledge built up by CEBaP is disseminated through publication in journals, attendance at conferences and presenting at meetings.
CEBaP’s core values
We want the work of our Centre for Evidence-Based Practice to support policymaking within the Belgian Red Cross-Flanders. We want to bridge the gap between theoretical knowledge and its practical application to best serve the interests of the particular target group at which it is aimed. We always provide objective and transparent information about our research. The methodological standards we have drawn up to develop evidence-based guidelines and systematic reviews are detailed in our methodological charter (.pdf).
A few examples
These are just some of the questions our Centre for Evidence-Based Practice has dealt with recently:
- How old does a child have to be to be able to call the emergency number?
- What should you do if someone is suffering from severe hypothermia?
- What is the best way to prevent malaria?
- What are the most effective ways to tackle loneliness among the elderly?