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Nursing: Evidence-Informed Practice

A collection of resources for faculty and undergraduate and graduate nursing students.

Evidence-informed Practice

Nurses rely on evidence to inform their clinical decisions and nursing practice. Evidence-based practice has been defined as “the conscientious integration of best research evidence with clinical expertise and patient values and needs in the delivery of quality, cost-effective health care” (Sacket, Strauss, Rosenberg, & Haynes, 2000). This instructional page provides access to a selection of resources for key steps of the evidence-informed practice process.

Step 1: Asking clinical questions

Step 2: Searching for evidence

Step 3: Appraising the evidence

Step 4: Applying the evidence to practice

  • Learn about knowledge translation --
    • Knowledge Translation Clearing House Repository of Knowledge Translation resources
    • About Knowledge Translation (Canadian Institutes for Health Research)
    • KT Pathways - (Michael Smith Foundation) a digital learning and assessment tool, designed to help researchers, policy makers, and practitioners understand what competencies are involved in knowledge translation (KT), assess their competency, and provide appropriate resources to improve KT knowledge and skills.
  • Patient Decision Aids (provided by the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute)
Selected online resources about evidence-informed practice
The Joanna Briggs Institute Evidence Based Practice Database 
  • Evidence Based Practice Tools, including JBI SUMARI (under the EBP Tools dropdown menu). Note: to access JBI's Evidence-based Practice Tools, you'll need to create a personal account with OVID. For help setting up an Ovid account, click here.

Selected resources for learning about evidence-informed practice

See also -- Systematic Reviews

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