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What is Evidence Based Practice?
Recommended EBP Books
Handbook of nursing diagnosis Provides information on definitions, characteristics, related factors, outcomes, and interventions for nursing diagnoses; highlights health promotion diagnoses; and offers collaborative diagnostic clusters for various conditions and procedures.
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Clinical Practice Guidelines
Clinical Practice Guidelines are systematically developed statements of
appropriate care designed to assist the practitioner and patient make
decisions about appropriate health care for specific clinical
- Guidelines from reputable, authoritative organizations are
usually based on the most current, relevant research, but ...
- Guidelines are developed using widely varying standards. Cost
may be considered as well as health outcomes.
AccessMedicine Current Practice Guidelines in Primary Care includes guidelines on disease diagnosis, prevention, and management. Also includes Textbooks, images and illustrations, self-assessment, case files, and diagnostic tools.
ClinicalKey Selected medical texts, medical journals, practice guidelines, drug information, patient handouts & CME materials
Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses
A Systematic Review is a literature review focused on a single question which tries to identify, appraise, select and synthesis all high quality research evidence relevant to that question. Reviews are considered a Secondary Source in nursing.
- Systematic reviews use explicit methods to identify, select, and critically evaluate relevant research.
- Systematic reviews minimize the possibility of bias by using explicit criteria, and expand the relevance of individual studies with limited scope, but ...
- Only a small number of clinical topics are covered by systematic reviews, because they require years of effort to develop.
Meta-analyses are systematic reviews that combine the results of several studies using quantitative statistics.
Cochrane Library The CDSR is a full-text database containing systematic reviews and protocols (reviews still in progress) of the effects of health care interventions; mainly randomized controlled trials. "Gold Standard" for high quality, systematic reviews.
Literature in nursing and allied health disciplines, 1937 to present.
Research articles are published results of research studies and considered a Primary Source in nursing.
- Research studies are the primary means of developing new clinical knowledge, but ...
- Research articles vary in the level of detail given about the study. You may need to do your own evaluation.
CINAHL Complete Hint: Check the box next to Research Article in the Limit Section or next to Publication Type, select Clinical Trial and Research.
Evidence Guidelines & Summaries
Because it is difficult for a clinician to analyze all the information in a
field, resources such as UpToDate and Clinical Evidence offer summaries
information on a topic.
UpToDate Evidence-based clinical decision support to help clinicians make sound decisions at the point of care.
CINAHL Complete In the top menu bar, click on Evidence Based Care Sheets. Use these for background information and helpful references.
Essential Evidence Plus Evidence-based, point-of-care clinical decision support system with access to over 13,000 topics, guidelines, abstracts, and summaries.
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