Background: Evidence based practice (EBP) ensures that the clinicians in dementia care settings will base their clinical judgment on the available evidence, and patient and family’s values.
Objectives: The purpose of this study was to develop an online interactive program to link evidence into action for best dementia care.
Methods: The web-based interactive program was developed to guide the users in implementation of evidence-based dementia care. The program presents the introduction of EBP, teaches the related skills in the EBP process (PICO (participants, intervention, comparator and outcomes), search evidence, appraisal of evidence, implementation, and evaluation), and provides the toolkits to implement the best evidence in dementia care.
Results: Each module presents clinical scenarios in dementia care settings. For example, in the PICO module, a clinical scenario is provided to the user who is asked to make a PICO to solve the problem in the clinical scenario. The system facilitates the user being familiar with the evidence by completing a structured toolkit.
Conclusions: Data results and users’ opinions for the system were promising. In each module, users focused on PICO, evidence, appraisal, implementation, and evaluation. The findings in this study suggest that the interactive online program can be an effective tool to facilitate linking evidence into action. Enhanced interactive use of various toolkits can lead the users to more active participation in EBP process.