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Evidence-based Practice Tutorial

Evidence Based Practice Tutorial for Nurses 

Introduction from Dr. Schirm: letter (html transcript) | video

Evidence Based Practice

There are 4 basic steps in Evidence Based Practice*

  • Step 1 - Convert your information need into an answerable question
  • Step 2 - Find the best evidence
  • Step 3 - Appraise search results for validity and usefulness
  • Step 4 - Apply the findings to your clinical practice and evaluate your professional performance

The basic aim of this tutorial is to walk you through these steps in an effort to make the process easier and more understandable for you.

Let’s take an example and work through the process. You may want to use this worksheet as you proceed through the tutorial.

Infections in hospitals can be spread on the hands of healthcare workers. It takes minutes to follow the hand hygiene policy exactly before entering a room to deliver patient care. On a busy hospital unit where nurses care for many critically ill patients, those minutes add up. Many hospitals have turned to alcohol-based handrubs to save time and put hand cleaners closer to patients. You are wondering if alcohol based handrubs placed inside the patients rooms would increase the incidence of handwashing and decrease nosocomial infection.

*adapted from: Sackett DL, Straus SE, Richardson WS [and others]. Evidence-Based Medicine: How to Practice and Teach EBM. 2nd ed. London: Churchill-Livingstone, 2000:3-4.


Tutorial recognized by Magnet Journey - Charting the Course

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Nursing Tutorial accepted by PRIMO

We are pleased to announce that the Evidence Based Practice Tutorial for Nurses been accepted into the ALA/ACRL Instruction Section's Peer-Reviewed Instructional Materials Online (PRIMO) project, and added to the PRIMO database.