You Got A Problem With That? Try PICO*

IF…. The Purpose of evidence-based practice (EBP) =  BEST PATIENT CARE, & The Definition of EBP = Best evidence + Clinical judgment + Patient/Family preferences & values THEN…How do I get started with EBP to improve patient care? One of the 1st steps is to identify clearly the clinical issue that needs solving.   One way … Continue reading You Got A Problem With That? Try PICO*

“How many articles are enough?” Is that even the right question?

How do you know when you have found enough research evidence on a topic to be able to use the findings in clinical practice? How many articles are enough? 5? 50? 100? 1000? Good question! You have probably heard general rules like these for finding enough applicable evidence: Stick close to your key search terms … Continue reading “How many articles are enough?” Is that even the right question?

So you want to do a research study…..

So you want to do a research study?   Wonderful! Here are 5  bits of advice to get started: If you haven’t done a scientific research study before or don’t have a PhD, then realize that your project will go much more smoothly if you consult with a PhD or someone with experience. You bring the … Continue reading So you want to do a research study…..

Finding the Needles in the Haystacks: Evidence Hunting Efficiently & Effectively

Searching for the right evidence is an art & a science.   In an effective search, the RN: Identifies excellent key words based on a clear problem statement Systematically searches the best databases for those words Keeps a record of the search strategy. This is actually a pretty simple time-saver because it keeps you from having … Continue reading Finding the Needles in the Haystacks: Evidence Hunting Efficiently & Effectively

How to Re-Invent the Wheel (NOT!!)

You can avoid re-inventing the wheel by checking in with top notch experts who have already examined the practice problem that you face. In other words, it’s time to head to the library. After all that’s what the library is: the experiences and research written down by experts, who have spent a lot of time … Continue reading How to Re-Invent the Wheel (NOT!!)

It Takes a “Village”

BEST patient care results from using the best evidence in practice using your clinical judgment and the preferences and values of patients & families. In shorthand this is called evidence-based practice (EBP). Most of the time it takes more than one person to bring evidence into practice.   Maybe not really a whole village,….but definitely anyone  … Continue reading It Takes a “Village”