RCVS Knowledge has launched two online toolkits to give practitioners step-by-step support to develop their evidence-based approach to practice.

The EBVM Toolkit is designed to help practitioners answer a clinical question with the best available evidence, according to RCVS Knowledge head of library and information services, Clare Boulton.

“The EBVM Toolkit is a guide to the first three steps of EBVM: asking an answerable question, finding the best evidence to answer it, and critically appraising that evidence,” she said.

“We’ve included templates and examples from ‘real-life’ veterinary cases, so it’s applicable to daily practice.” “We hope those using the EBVM Toolkit will summarise their finding in a Knowledge Summary, so that the answer will be easily accessible for the next person who asks that question.” 

The second toolkit is a step-by-step guide to clinical audit. RCVS Knowledge produced the Clinical Audit Toolkit with Pam Mosedale, a veterinary surgeon and member of the RCVS Practice Standards Group, which coordinates the Practice Standards Scheme.

She said: “Clinical audit is a way for practices to find out what’s working and what could be improved on. “It gives practices and individuals the ability to monitor the quality of care given.”

Both toolkits can be downloaded from www.rcvsknowledge.org

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