From the staff development bookshelf: Gathering and evaluating evidence for EBP projects

Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, August 16, 2012

Perhaps one of the biggest challenges in conducting evidence based practice (EBP) projects is learning how to search the literature and there are a variety of ways to approach this challenge. Asking a librarian or an educator to come to an EBP council meeting to explain how to conduct literature searches gives all members an overview and understanding of the process. Doing a computer based real-time search together builds confidence in the process of searching electronic resources and provides the group with a real-life learning opportunity.

As the EBP group continues to develop knowledge and awareness, more topics for discussion to be addressed include:

  • Discerning levels of evidence
  • Critiquing research proposals, qualitative research articles, and quantitative research articles
  • Understanding reliability and validity
  • Formulating an EBP or research question
  • Synthesizing the literature
  • Developing a clinical practice guideline

Other important areas of study so that you can understand the EBP process and use of research include:

  • Overview of models of EBP
  • Protection of human subjects
  • Ethical issues in nursing research

Book excerpt adapted from Quick-E Pro: Evidence-based Practice: A Guide for Nurses by Suzanne C. Beyea, RN, PhD, FAAN, Joan Monchak Lorenz, MSN, RN, PMHCNS-BC, and Mary Jo Slattery, RN, MS.

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