Examining Evidence-Based Practice and Practice-Based Evidence

  • Nikki Kiyimba
  • Jessica Nina Lester
  • Michelle O’Reilly


In health research, there is an extensive literature regarding the benefits and challenges of evidence-based practice and how qualitative evidence fits within the broader need for research that underpins clinical decisions. The history and tensions regarding evidence and evidence-based practice are outlined in the chapter, with the contributions made by qualitative researchers emphasised. This is juxtaposed with a discussion of practice-based evidence and the contribution this has made in the field. Further, the chapter focuses on illuminating how naturally occurring data constitutes a form of evidence for the field of health.


Evidence-based practice Practice-based evidence Clinical research Hierarchies of evidence Qualitative 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nikki Kiyimba
    • 1
  • Jessica Nina Lester
    • 2
  • Michelle O’Reilly
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Social and Political ScienceUniversity of ChesterChesterUK
  2. 2.School of EducationIndiana UniversityBloomingtonUSA
  3. 3.The Greenwood Institute of Child HealthUniversity of LeicesterLeicesterUK

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