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In Week 2, you examined the importance of evidence-based practice in general as well as the value of consumer involvement. You also explored the benefits and limitations of using evidence-based practices for chronic diseases and conditions at a population level. This week, you will apply insights on evidence-based practice to the specific chronic disease or condition at a population level that you selected for your Final Project.

For this Discussion:

To Prepare

  • Review the week’s Resources.
  • Conduct a search for evidence-based practices related to your Final Project topic.

By Day 3

Post a comprehensive explanation of how evidence-based practices might improve population health outcomes for the chronic disease or condition at the population level you selected for your Final Project. Then, explain how evidence-based practices might provide a better return on investment (ROI) for effective prevention and care management for the chronic disease or condition at the population level you selected for your Final Project. Be specific and provide examples in your post.

RE: Discussion – Week 2


The benefits of consumer participation in health care have exhibited wide recognition. Through consultations or collaborative procedures, customers may be incorporated in establishing health care policies and studies, clinical operation principles and patient-information material. Involving consumers in evidence-based programs assists in redesigning health care practices and many people support this because it assists in improving patient safety. The consumers are able to choose a program that suits them best, hence this results to care that is safe and more quality (Nash et al., 2016).

Consumer needs and values greatly influence their decision making in various ways. First, a consumer is able to identify a need and think of a product or program that best meets this need. Often times, this is recognized as the initial as well as the most critical phase of the decision-making process due to the fact that a consumer must recognize a need or a problem, in order to proceed with the consideration of purchasing a product or service (Laureate, 2014). Secondly, consumer values shape their perceptions regarding what they would consider acceptable and preferable. Consumer values are majorly based on their cultural, religious and moral views. For example, patients from a Christian background may view a practice like assisted suicide as not morally right, and they would never consider or support it.

Shared decision-making provides a systematic platform to include evidence and patient values and desires into decisions made in health care. This practice can encourage conversations that result to better informed decisions that are compatible with all that matters most in-patient care. Also, this practice enhances compliance with treatment plans among patients (Nash et al., 2016). However, this method can be time-consuming, complex, and increased chances of malpractice claims. For instance, if the process involves 10 patients, the practitioners have to consider the values, needs, and preferences of each patient, and this may be complex and time-consuming.


Laureate Education (Producer) (2014a). Assessing community needs for health education and wellness [Video file]. Baltimore, MD: Author.

Nash, D. B., Fabius, R. J., Skoufalos, A., Clarke, J. L., & Horowitz, M. R. (2016). Population health: Creating a culture of wellness (2nd ed.). Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning.


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