Collaborative Strategies to Promote Evidence Based Practice in a Developing Country

By Helen Bradley and David Gillham.

Published by Journal of the World Universities Forum

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In developing countries there are major barriers to the implementation of evidence based practice including lack resources, limited capacity for staff to critically appraise research, language differences and lack of suitable computing infrastructure. For some years the University of South Australia (UniSA) has had a Memorandum of Understanding with the Bethesda Hospital in Jogyakarta, Indonesia. UniSA has developed online experiential learning software to assist with the teaching and development of evidence based practice. This paper describes collaborative strategies developed by Bethesda and UniSA. These strategies aim to promote the uptake of evidence based practice in Indonesia through a concerted effort to transfer knowledge. Despite staff exchanges and online support, progress has been slow, largely as a result of hardware problems in Indonesia, and language problems within the Australian-Indonesian context. However, much has been learnt from these embryonic attempts to share research evidence with more effective strategies gradually emerging. This paper discusses challenges associated with the sharing of knowledge and educational content across cultural and national boundaries and proposes new approaches to sharing information using web 2.0 technology.

Keywords: Online Teaching and Learning, Evidence Based Practice, Developing Country, Knowledge Transfer

Journal of the World Universities Forum, Volume 1, Issue 5, pp.83-86. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 510.284KB).

Helen Bradley

Senior Lecturer, Division of Health Sciences, University of South Australia, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

Helen is a Senior Lecturer within the Division of Health Sciences of the University of South Australia. Her research is broad covering both Australian Aboriginal and international health. Helen has worked with the World Health Organisation in Jakarta, the Indonesian Ministry of Health, NGO’s in Timor Leste and disadvantaged groups in Laos and the Philippines. She was also the Chief Investigator for research into children’s health in rural and remote South Australia. Because of her experiences, Helen has a broad perspective of health and a wide range of skills in evaluation and research techniques. As a PhD candidate, her focus is on population health and the social determinants of health.

Dr. David Gillham

Senior Lecturer, Division of Health Sciences, University of South Australia, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

Dr. David Gillham is a Senior Lecturer in Nursing and Midwifery at the University of South Australia. He has a strong interest in online teaching and learning and the development of tools for Evidence Based Practice. He has developed the Web Resource Appraisal Process, an experiential learning tool that facilitates the development of critical reviews of research evidence.


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