Practice based in evidence (EBP) means that you must critique/synthesize evidence and then apply it to particular setting and populations using your best judgement. This means that you must discriminate about when (and when NOT) to apply the research. Be sure to use best professional judgment to particularize your actions to the situation!
Add to your repertoire of EBP tools, the Number Needed to Treat (NNT). This is not mumbo -jumbo. NNT explained here–short & sweet: http://www.thennt.com/thennt-explained/
CRITICAL THINKING: Check out this or other analyses at the site. How does the info on antihypertensives for mild hypertension answer the question of whether more is better? Are there patients in whom you SHOULD treat mild HTN? (“We report, you decide.”) http://www.thennt.com/nnt/anti-hypertensives-for-cardiovascular-prevention-in-mild-hypertension/
MORE INFO: Check out what the data say about other risk/benefit treatments at http://www.thennt.com/
Want to know the standardized format for writing up your research study, QI report, case study, systematic review, or clinical practice guideline? Check out these standardized reporting guidelines: http://www.equator-network.org/reporting-guidelines/
Of course you should always give priority to the author instructions for the particular journal in which you want to publish, but most adhere generally or fully to these standardized guides.
Ok, so you found some GREAT, new & improved clinical guidelines that exactly fit the problem that you are trying to solve on your unit. Now What??? How do you get from the guidelines from paper to practice? & How do you know that the guidelines are any good any way? Where are the tools for all this?
Like the old cartoon Mighty Mouse, here comes the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario to save the day! (cue the music) You can download a FREE toolkit. Yes, that’s right. FREE.
It comes complete with examples & step-by-step instructions. Check it out! And if I haven’t been persuasive enough, here’s the table of contents! This is waaay cooool. Don’t miss it.
For more info here’s the site to download: http://rnao.ca/bpg/resources/toolkit-implementation-best-practice-guidelines-second-edition