Category Archives: Translating Evidence into Practice

What Does “Grading the Evidence” Mean in Evidence-Based Practice?

When reviewing a clinical practice guideline (CPG) or systematic review (SR) with practice recommendations, you’ll notice two scales that are used in conjunction with each practice recommendation offered: a levels of evidence scale and a grading scale.   I talked about levels of evidence (LOE) hierarchies in last week’s post. This

What Does “Levels of Evidence” Mean in Evidence-Based Practice?

In evidence-based practice (EBP), we talk a lot about “Levels of Evidence.”  You will see levels of evidence (LOE) ratings on critically appraised topics or synopses of original research, or in the methodology section or evidence table of a clinical practice guideline or systematic review. But what does an LOE

Using the 6S Pyramid to Find the Best Evidence

  Whether you’ve got a research paper to write or you are looking for best evidence for a specific intervention, you’ve got to search for the evidence to make or back up your arguments, right? Presumably, you’ve answered your background questions and have your foreground question in a PICO format.

What Does “Pre-Appraised Evidence” Mean in Evidence-Based Practice?

When looking for evidence – where should you start? Well at the top of course! At the top of the hierarchy of evidence quality is pre-appraised evidence (Haynes, 2007). If you go through your university or medical library, there are multiple databases to search, such as MEDLINE or CINAHL. You

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Expert Advice: EBP Resources: Online Clinical Practice Guidelines

One of the questions I’ve been asked recently is around finding free online resources for evidence-based practice (EBP).  (Of course, I think you are already on the best website for clarifying your questions and really understanding how to be an evidence-based practitioner!) 🙂 I have been obsessed with finding good

Use the 6A’s to Remember the Evidence-Based Practice Process

In recent weeks, I presented an overview of what the three components of evidence-based practice (best evidence, clinical expertise, and patient preferences) really mean to the evidence-based practitioner.  In this post, I’m going to present an overview of the evidence-based practice process, also known as the “A’s” – this post

What Does “Best Evidence” Mean in Evidence-Based Practice?

Last week I introduced the topic of evidence-based practice or EBP.  The evolution of EBP into the healthcare mindset, as opposed to traditional or authority-based practice, has been gradual, but is now part of the healthcare vernacular and, indeed, accepted as the way that modern healthcare clinicians should be practicing

What is Evidence-Based Practice?

Regardless of when you went to nursing school, you’ve heard the term, evidence-based practice or evidence-based nursing, in your clinical or professional practice. Evidence-based practice may even be a part of your job description — but do you really understand what it means to base your nursing practice on evidence?

Introduction to Clinical Statistics for EBP – Measures of Clinical Significance

A continuation of the podcast series providing an overview of clinical statistics for evidence-based practice for healthcare providers. This podcast contains a discussion of epidemiologic parameters that are important for choosing and understanding measures of clinical significance. Especially those related to ascertaining differences in group outcomes, i.e., intervention effects (e.g., effect size),