Best practices are methods that consistently lead to a desired outcome (e.g. increases in quality of life). Often, best practices are seen as the gold standard because they have been repeatedly proven and hence widely accepted within a particular field as the most effective methods available at a given time. A commitment to using best practices means using all of the existing evidence and literature available to result in a successful outcome.
While some best practices are a synthesis of empirical evidence, others incorporate aspects of practical wisdom and expert advice. This section provides an overview of the best practices for a number of different topics.