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dc.contributor.authorKilbride, C-
dc.contributor.authorPerry, L-
dc.contributor.authorFlatley, M-
dc.contributor.authorTurner, E-
dc.contributor.authorMeyer, J-
dc.identifier.citationJournal of Interprofessional Care, Published Early online, 2 Nov 2010en_US
dc.descriptionThe study was funded by a grant from the Special Trustees of the Trust. Copyright @ 2010 Informa UK, Ltd.en_US
dc.descriptionThis article has been made available through the Brunel Open Access Publishing Fund.-
dc.descriptionThis article has been made available through the Brunel Open Access Publishing Fund.-
dc.description.abstractMuch 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.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipThis article is available through the Brunel Open Access Publishing Fund.en_US
dc.publisherInforma Healthcareen_US
dc.subjectCommunity of Practiceen_US
dc.subjectAction Researchen_US
dc.subjectStroke uniten_US
dc.subjectEvidence-based healthcareen_US
dc.subjectEvidence-based practiceen_US
dc.subjectInterprofessional teamen_US
dc.titleDeveloping theory and practice: Creation of a Community of Practice through Action Research produced excellence in stroke careen_US
dc.typeResearch Paperen_US
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