The Belgian Minister of Health, Mrs. dr. De Block, wished to install a standardized shared design methodology for guidelines for Evidence-Based Medicine (EBM) or - Practice (EBP). She wanted to increase the dissemination and rate of implementation of guidelines. Funding was made available to bundle all efforts already performed in this field and make the transition towards a single, coordinated organizational network.
Worldwide, Evidence-Based Practice has become the reference for medical doctors, as well as other professionals in healthcare. The goal of EBP is shifting the basis for decision making by healthcare professionals to firmly grounded scientific research, taking into account the patient's values and expectations. EBP ensures the highest quality healthcare, that is both efficient and effective. Although the quality of the already developed guidelines in Belgium is high, the Minister saw substantial societal value potential in broadening and deepening the scope of application.
Setting up the Evidence-Based Practice Network
Noventus teamed up with Antwerp Management School to assist KCE and facilitate the process of creating the EBP Network, from identifying the main stakeholders, to defining shared goals, co-creating operational structures and processes, designing governance structures and finally recruiting a dedicated network coordinator.