Viewing dressing evaluation through a pragmatic lens: The application of Dewey's experimentalism in the development of evidence for dressing selection

Pagnamenta, Fania and Lhussier, Monique (2018) Viewing dressing evaluation through a pragmatic lens: The application of Dewey's experimentalism in the development of evidence for dressing selection. Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice, 24 (5). pp. 988-994. ISSN 1356-1294

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Abstract

Rationale, aims, and objectives - The aim of this paper is to (1) summarize the challenges with developing evidence for dressing selection in wound care, (2) discuss the limiting influence that the Evidence‐Based Practice movement has had in this field, and (3) discuss the opportunities offered by Dewey's theory of experimentalism as a pragmatic solution to develop a structured body of evidence.

Findings - Whilst the number of dressings available on the market continue to proliferate, limited progress has taken place to develop a methodology for dressing evaluation that is relevant to clinical practice. It is proposed that experimentalism can be operationalized with a mixed‐methods approach that may include the following: (1) medical histories and patient's stories; (2) participant observation and informal interviews; (3) a comparative study between a new dressing and standard care; (4) a patient's satisfaction survey; (5) a staff survey; (6) a cost examination; (7) an evaluation of the packaging and procurement route; and finally (8) a clinical meeting to triangulate the data and reach a consensus.

Conclusion - Experimentalism offers a framework for the construction of evidence used for dressing selection. Central to this concept is the integration of experience to the data collected. The context of the evaluation has equal weight to the data thus collected.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Dewey, dressings, evidence, experimentalism, philosophy, pragmatism
Subjects: B700 Nursing
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 08 Aug 2018 10:39
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2019 10:02
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/35222

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