Moving into the future: Linking horticultural therapy and evidence-based practice
Evidence-based practice (EBP) has been embraced by many healthcare professional areas associated with clinical practice. It is a tool to assist professionals in achieving a high level of positive results from the treatment they provide. To establish a professional area as an evidence-based practice requires a commitment by each professional to be responsible for maintaining a research-informed practice that provides each client with the optimum treatments to meet the client's individual needs within the context of the client's situation. The implementation of the principles of EBP makes clear the connection between the various elements of a healthcare profession and the research that underlies its application. Publication of research and documented effective practices is a critical element in establishing EBP. This paper will address the key elements of EBP as it applied to horticulture therapy, therapeutic horticulture, and garden therapy.
Relf, P.D. (2019). Moving into the future: Linking horticultural therapy and evidence-based practice. Acta Hortic. 1246, 1-10
human health, human well-being, therapeutic horticulture, garden therapy, professional development