Academic-clinical partnership for enhancing evidence-based healthcare in a Portuguese Context: a case study
2Centro Hospitalar e Universitário de Coimbra; Portugal Centre for Evidence Based Practice: a JBI Centre of Excellence, Health Sciences Research Unit: Nursing, Nursing School of Coimbra, Portugal
3Centro Hospitalar e Universitário de Coimbra, Portugal
Background: The academic-clinical partnerships offer opportunities to promote health care evidence-based in clinical and educational settings. An integrated approach, with the active collaboration of all stakeholders (researchers, healthcare professionals and final consumers) becomes essential to prioritize the needs of evidence; to develop primary and secondary research regarding specific knowledge needs; to transfer and implement the best available evidence in clinical practice.
Objective: To describe the initiatives developed regarding the partnership between a clinical and a higher education nursing institution in Portugal.
Methods: Within the JBI Collaboration, it was established a partnership between a nursing school and a university hospital of Portugal in 2021. This academic-clinical partnership was created to: promote the use of the best available evidence in healthcare decisions by healthcare professionals (clinicians and managers) and, consequently, to achieve the best outcomes for the citizens; maximize the resources and synergies; and allow the selection of topics for primary and secondary research.
Results: Within this partnership, two webinars and one symposium were organized in 2021. The Webinar 1 (“Evidence-based Healthcare – JBI’s Model” and “Academic-Clinic Partnership as a Pillar for Evidence Transfer”) had 78 participants. The webinar 2 (“Evidence-based Healthcare Day: All for one – Evidence, Professional Experience, Patient and Context”) had 50 participants. The face-to-face Symposium “Evidence-Informed Healthcare: Better decisions, better results” had more than 100 participants. Additionally, three oral communications (“Evidence Implementation”, “Rapid Science”, and “Systematic Literature Review”) and one workshop (“Meta-analysis Interpretation”) were provided at one symposium conducted by the clinical partner in 2022. Moreover, 12 implementation projects in collaboration were conducted in the clinical partner, of which three were already published in a scientific journal.
Conclusions: This academic-clinical partnership allowed to increase the awareness of healthcare professionals about evidence-based healthcare as it can be confirmed by the improvement of the number of implementation projects in collaboration. Nevertheless, more efforts need to be done to create new opportunities, especially in what concerns to the selection of topics for primary and secondary research as well as for the development of implementation projects through an active collaboration between researchers and final consumers (health care professionals and patients).