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Title: Developing theory and practice: Creation of a Community of Practice through Action Research produced excellence in stroke care
Authors: Kilbride, C
Perry, L
Flatley, M
Turner, E
Meyer, J
Keywords: Community of Practice;Action Research;Stroke;Stroke unit;Evidence-based healthcare;Evidence-based practice;Interprofessional team
Issue Date: 2010
Publisher: Informa Healthcare
Citation: Journal of Interprofessional Care, Published Early online, 2 Nov 2010
Abstract: Much emphasis is placed on expert knowledge like evidence-based stroke guidelines, with insufficient attention paid to processes required to translate this into delivery of everyday good care. This paper highlights the worth of creating a Community of Practice (CoP) as a means to achieve this. Drawing on findings from a study conducted in 2000/2002 of processes involved in establishing a nationally lauded high quality Stroke Unit, it demonstrates how successful development of a new service was linked to creation of a CoP. Recent literature suggests CoPs have a key in implementing evidence-based practice; this study supports this claim whilst revealing for the first time the practical knowledge and skills required to develop this style of working. Findings indicate that participatory and democratic characteristics of Action Research are congruent with the collaborative approach required for developing a CoP. The study is an exemplar of how practitioner researchers can capture learning from changing practice, thus contributing to evidence-based healthcare with theoretical and practical knowledge. Findings are relevant to those developing stroke services globally but also to those interested in evidencebased practice.
Description: The study was funded by a grant from the Special Trustees of the Trust. Copyright @ 2010 Informa UK, Ltd.
This article has been made available through the Brunel Open Access Publishing Fund.
This article has been made available through the Brunel Open Access Publishing Fund.
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