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William Osler Health System - Resources for Evidence Based Practice: Evidence Based Nursing

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Why is EBP Important?

Evidence based practice (EBP) is the conscientious use of current best evidence in making decisions about patient care (Sackett, Straus, Richardson, Rosenberg, & Haynes, 2000).

You might be asking, "Why do I need to know how to develop EBP research skills?"
Here are a few reasons: 

  • Knowing how to find evidence (such as RCTs or Meta-Analyses) are likely to result in the desired patient outcome

  • Provides opportunities for nursing care to be more individualized

  • Allows nurses to stay up to date with latest developments

    Source: Youngblut, J. M., & Brooten, D. (2001). Evidence-based nursing practice: Why is it important? AACN Clinical Issues, 12(4), 468-476.

What is Evidence-Based Nursing?

Evidence-based nursing is “an integration of the best evidence available, nursing expertise, and the values and preferences of the individuals, families and communities who are served” (Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International, 2011).

Evidence-based nursing practice is a 5 step systematic process which leads to apply quality evidence from research to make effective decisions about clinical and other healthcare problems.

These five steps include:

Asking the Clinical Question

Evidence Acquisition

Evidence Appraisal

Evidence Application

Outcome Evaluation

Evidence-Based Practice, Step by Step

A collection of articles that intent to give nurses the knowledge and skills to implement evidence-based practice (EBP) one step at the time from: developing & searching the clinical question; critical appraisal of the evidence; implementation; disseminating the evidence and sustaining the change.

Evidence-Based Practice, Step by Step (AJN series) 12 items,; American Journal of Nursing, Updated: 6/17/2021

Evidence-Based Practice, Step by Step: Asking the Clinical Question: A Key Step in Evidence-Based Practice
AJN American Journal of Nursing: March 2010 Volume 110 - Issue 3 - p 58-61 doi: 10.1097/01.NAJ.0000368959.11129.79

Evidence-Based Nursing

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