DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.18203/2394-6040.ijcmph20203412

Evidence based practice a viable tool to manage the COVID-19 pandemic

Syeda Mehwish, Sheharyar Khan, Erum Choudry, Syed Uzair Mahmood, Aisha Yaqub Mulla, Salma Zahir Imam

Abstract


Evidence based practice is the steps taken for precaution, treatment and intervention of a disease that is dictated by the previous studies. The data collected by the predecessors who observed the initiation, progression and the termination or cure of a disease would be the guidance to future treatment. Years of trials and tests are done to determine the timeline of a disease and its termination, along with the effects that it leaves behind in long term. These facts and figures are important evidence to the future treatments. The idea of evidence based practice was coined in the late 1970s. It dictates that the care of patients done based on the evidence provided by the previous studies results in better recovery of the patients and less load on the healthcare system. This system is supposed to be efficient and provide the basic guidelines for the healthcare workers with a concrete basis for their work. The patients treated under evidence based practice ideally have a higher chance of survival than those who are treated without it. COVID-19 being a new disease has lack of previously accumulated evidence to support any treatment regimen that can ease the symptoms. Most of the treatments are based on recent trials and tests which are helping but in a limited scope.


Keywords


COVID-19, Corona virus, Evidence-based practice, SARS-Cov2

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