Center for Evidence-Based Practice
Providing quality assistance is very important to us. Thanks to our Center for Evidence-Based Practice, we can scientifically underpin all our activities, from blood supply to development programs or emergency aid. This ensures effective and efficient assistance in everything we do, from blood supply to emergency relief.
What is Evidence-Based Practice?
There is not always a single answer to a lot of practical questions. Experts and manuals sometimes give different advice. Research into the effect of interventions led to the Evidence-Based Practice methodology. This is a method to support actions in practice with the best scientific evidence available. We supplement that with expert expertise and practical experience. We also consider the preferences and available resources of the target population. In this way, we can formulate informed answers to questions.
The video below shows how an evidence-based recommendation is created.
More efficient and effective assistance
We permanently apply the principles of Evidence-Based Practice within our operation. This enables us to optimize our assistance and make it ever more efficient and effective. In our research, we are committed to knowledge development and knowledge dissemination.
Our Center develops evidence-based guidelines that are updated every 5 years. In addition, through "systematic reviews," we bring together a review of all scientific studies relevant to answering a specific question. If we identify a lack of scientific evidence somewhere, we also conduct primary research.
We disseminate our knowledge both nationally and internationally through publications in professional journals, participation in conferences and presentations at meetings and events. In addition, we have developed an e-learning module to and give an annual "Evidence-Based Practice" workshop to teach staff of various Red Cross-Flanders services how to deal critically with information and the basic principles of Evidence-Based Practice. This e-learning is also available to the general public and can be found here.
Core values of our Center
With our Center for Evidence-Based Practice, we want to support the policy-making of Red Cross Flanders. We want to build a bridge between science and practice, with an eye for the interests of the target group. We always provide objective and transparent information about our research. The methodological standards we set up to develop evidence-based guidelines and systematic reviews are based on the existing standards of the Cochrane organization and the AGREE II tool. We conduct evidence-based work and primary research in the "pre-hospital care" domain, focusing on 4 priority areas:
- first aid education and hygiene promotion,
- first aid and disaster preparedness,
- platelets, and
- blood donors.
These are some of the questions we recently addressed at our Center for Evidence-Based Practice:
- From what age can a child call the emergency number?
- What should you do in case of deep hypothermia?
- What is the best way to prevent malaria?
- What interventions are effective in combating loneliness in the elderly?
- Can you exercise after a blood donation?
- What are the most effective first aid techniques in Sub-Saharan Africa, India and Nepal?
- What form of psychosocial assistance can you provide to a disaster victim?