Nursing - undergraduate: Evidence Based Practice
All about Evidence-Based Practice
Evidence-Based Practice uses current research to inform diagnosis and treatment decisions within clinical situations. It is also known as Evidence-Based Nursing or Evidence-Based Medicine.
The following tutorials provide solid introductions to the concept of Evidenced-Based Practice and how to locate EBP literature.
Definitions? There is a glossary of Evidence-Based terms available.
- Evidence-Based Practice Interprofessional Tutorial
From the University of Minnesota Health Sciences Library.
- Introduction to Evidence-Based Practice
The Health Sciences Library at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill produced this tutorial.
How to read a paper
The British Medical Journal published a series of articles on how to read a paper back in the mid 1990s. These articles have stood the test of time* and are still relevant and more importantly, helpful as you seek to decipher what you're reading in the nursing, medical, and scientific literature.
*for the most part -- there references to resources such as SilverPlatter, CD-ROMS, etc. that no longer exist but the content of the articles is still relevant.
- How to read a paper. The Medline databaseThis article is the first in a series that introduces the nonexpert to searching the medical literature and assessing the value of medical articles.
BMJ. 1997 July 19; 315(7101): 180–183.
- How to read a paper. Getting your bearings (deciding what the paper is about).BMJ. 1997 July 26; 315(7102): 243–246.
- Assessing the methodological quality of published papers.BMJ. 1997 August 2; 315(7103): 305–308.
- How to read a paper. Statistics for the non-statistician. I: Different types of data need different statistical tests.BMJ. 1997 August 9; 315(7104): 364–366.
- How to read a paper. Statistics for the non-statistician. II: "Significant" relations and their pitfalls.BMJ. 1997 August 16; 315(7105): 422–425.
- How to read a paper. Papers that report drug trials.BMJ. 1997 August 23; 315(7106): 480–483.
- How to read a paper. Papers that report diagnostic or screening tests.BMJ. 1997 August 30; 315(7107): 540–543.
- How to read a paper. Papers that tell you what things cost (economic analyses).BMJ. 1997 September 6; 315(7108): 596–599.
- Papers that summarize other papers (systematic reviews and meta-analyses).BMJ. 1997 September 13; 315(7109): 672–675.
- Papers that go beyond numbers (qualitative research)BMJ. 1997 September 20; 315(7110): 740–743.
- Pyramid of evidenceThe "pyramid of evidence" with levels of evidence and where to find evidence based literature.
- What works? Clinical effectivenessBrochure from the National Library of Medicine about systematic reviews
Evidence-Based Practice Resources
You may be prompted to enter your GVSU username and password when accessing some of these resources.
- CINAHLOne way to search for EBP is to check the "evidenced based practice" box on the right side under "limits."
- Cochrane Library This link opens in a new windowThis portal allows users to search several databases containing evidence-based medical resources: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effectiveness, Health Technology Assessments, and Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials.
- Complementary & Alternative Medicine (CAM) Evidence-Based MedicineCreated for health care practitioners, a selection of EBM resources on topics ranging from acai to zinc.
- PubMed Clinical QueriesIdentifies systematic reviews and other similar types of studies found in biomedical journals indexed in PubMed.
- TripA free resource, Trip is a clinical search engine designed to allow users to find and use high-quality research evidence to support their practice and/or care. It primarily searches PubMed but also includes other resources. In addition to research evidence it allows clinicians to search across other content types including images, videos, patient information leaflets, educational courses and news.
- AHRQUnder the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has numerous resources relevant to evidence based practice.
evidence-based practice news
- Best Evidence for Nursing+Best Evidence for Nursing+ is a service made available by McMaster University's Health Information Research Unit that incorporates the McMaster PLUS email alerting system and searchable database of best evidence from the medical literature. You can register your interests to receive email alerts and searching access for literature that is matched to your personal clinical interests.
Viva la evidence!
- Last Updated: May 12, 2023 12:42 PM
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