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What Does “Critical Appraisal” Mean in Evidence-Based Practice?

Evidence-based practice (EBP) is the deliberate use of the best evidence that is tempered with your clinical expertise and the patient’s preferences and clinical situation. EVERY nurse is responsible for practicing according to the best evidence and research findings – therefore, every nurse needs to understand WHAT EBP is, HOW

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.

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 “Patient Preferences” Mean in Evidence-Based Practice?

To be an evidence-based practitioner one must find the best evidence available, include one’s clinical expertise as an additional source of evidence, and then incorporate patient preferences and values into a recommendation for care.  A few weeks ago I talked about EBP in general terms.  I deconstructed the major components

What Does “Clinical Expertise” Mean in Evidence-Based Practice?

Two weeks ago, I introduced the topic of evidence-based practice (EBP) and defined it as the integration of best evidence, clinical expertise, and patient preferences for clinical decision-making.  Last week, I talked about the concept of “best evidence” and how nurses apply best evidence in practice.  This post will deep

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?