Evidence based practice in the multisensory environment

Pagliano, Paul J. (2008) Evidence based practice in the multisensory environment. In: Proceedings of the 6th International Snoezelen Symposium. pp. 9-18. From: Mirror to the World - Practical Experiences with Snoezelen, 2-5 October 2008, Neuwied, Germany.

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The idea of using research to inform MSE decision-making is intuitively worthwhile. Research can point us in the direction of "what works" and "what doesn't". The goal of evidence-based-practice (EBP) is to improve the way MSEs are used. But there are problems. EBP for MSE is still an emerging area. There is a lack of high quality research and we need to develop a clearer understanding of what MSE EBP is. To achieve this we need an operational definition to show how to practice MSE EBP in ways that are acceptable and useful. In this paper I search for an operational definition of EBP for MSE and for Snoezelen use by examining ten pertinent questions. They are: What is EBP? Where did EBP come from? Who is using it and why? What are the key elements of EBP? How could EBP be applied to MSE use? What are the particular challenges of using EBP in the MSE? How does one go about bridging the MSE research to practice gap? What is needed to make the research to practice evidence more user-friendly for MSE practitioners? What are the criticisms of using EBP in the MSE?

Item ID: 7535
Item Type: Conference Item (Research - E1)
Keywords: multisensory environments; evidence based practice
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Date Deposited: 15 Feb 2010 01:25
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