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Not strictly true, but does it matter?

02 November 2018
2 mins read
Volume 9 · Issue 9

As I get older my beliefs get firmer and slightly more ridiculous. For example, I honestly believe that if I met Ed Sheeran we would become lifelong and inseparable friends; I also believe that one day I will get to compete in Strictly Come Dancing, a la Judy Murray. Now, while I choose to consider these as truths, I do admit that I would have problems convicing you of their validity, and indeed my own family would also undoubtedly greet these assertions with disbelief. The fact is, I have no evidence to support my beliefs, and I am aware that this lack of evidence makes my assertions seem downright daft! But, my beliefs are harmless, no lives are at stake, and whether they are true or not is not important — not so where human and animal health are concerned.

Evidence is a vital part of both human and veterinary medicine. Evidence-based practice allows veterinary nurses to provide the best possible level of care. The evidence influencing patient care comes from research; it can be challenging for veterinary nurses to move away from the ‘this is how it has always been done’ approach to implement the findings of research in practice. Bridging the research–practice gap is not easy!

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