the importance of evidence-based practice to karuna

Updated: Jan 4

At karuna, we believe that science can offer us insight into our suffering and our yearning for inner peace. Therefore, all of our offerings are based upon scientific research and practices that blend ancient wisdom and Western psychology, especially in the areas of positive psychology, happiness and wellbeing studies, and the mind-body connection. We are rooted in the growing body of research that demonstrates that when we start asking what is right with us instead of what is wrong with us, we can radically improve our mental health and wellbeing. To truly understand and appreciate what makes karuna unique, a brief exploration of evidence-based practice is warranted.

What is evidence-based practice?

Evidence-based practice, or EBP, is the process of collecting, processing, and implementing research findings to develop and improve interventions and outcomes. In other words, any decisions one makes in the implementation of a particular program or practice must be made based on scientific evidence, not just on opinion. Starting off in medicine in the early 1990s, the concept of EBP has since spread to other fields, such as nursing, psychology, and education.

There are four important elements of research that need to be considered when applying it to practice: validity, reliability, relevance, and outcome. Validity refers to the legitimacy, accuracy, and soundness of all aspects of the study. In other words, how accurately does a method measure what it intends to measure? Reliability is the extent to which a measurement’s result is consistent. If a method is reliable, you will get the same result when measuring the same thing multiple times under the same conditions. A valid study is most likely reliable, but reliability does not necessarily imply validity. Relevance refers to the logical connection between two tasks, ideas—in this case, the research and the proposed intervention. Finally, outcome refers to the conclusion of the study obtained through the research process. A study with desirable results would be used to inform an intervention. However, if a study is not valid, reliable, or relevant, then even the most positive outcomes don’t have any merit in evidence-based practice.

When developing and implementing an evidence-based practice, a practitioner will read and cite multiple studies from reputable peer-reviewed publications.

Why is evidence-based practice important?

In short, evidence-based practice is important because given that it is supported by rigorous scientific research, it is likely to produce more desirable outcomes, which is, of course, the goal of any intervention. When practice is backed by data, it is also more likely to garner support from important stakeholders who would need to approve the implementation of the intervention.

What does evidence-based practice have to do with karuna?

At karuna, we believe cutting-edge scientific research can truly make a difference in your life as you continue to grow and evolve on your journeys. karuna is a thought leader and active participant in the field of positive psychology and wellness. We therefore have a respected scientific advisory board composed of accomplished researchers from esteemed institutions around the world, all of whom are experts in their respective fields.

At karuna, we believe that science has the power to change people’s lives and bring them one step closer to the happiness and inner peace they seek, and that is why it lies at the foundation of who we are.

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