Welcome to the Nursing and Allied Health Research Guide!
Use the blue tabs to navigate the guide and find practical help for your research assignments. This guide is easiest to use on a full-sized computer because links will open in a new window. Please contact librarian Claire Dannenbaum if you need assistance.
According to the Oregon Consortium of Nursing Education:
"A competent nurse, in making practice decisions, locates, evaluates and uses the best available evidence, coupled with a deep understanding of client experience and preferences, through the understanding that...
Evidence-Based Practice (Evidence-Based Nursing, Evidence-Based Medicine) is:
"the conscientious, explicit and judicious use of current best evidence in making decisions about the care of individual patients. The practice of evidence-based medicine requires the integration of individual clinical expertise with the best available external clinical evidence from systematic research and our patient's unique values and circumstances."
Access thousands of evidence-based clinical guidelines with Guideline Central Summaries (available to view but requires free registration to access mobile app).
Evidence-Based Medicine includes five steps:
Step 1: Converting the need for information into an answerable question
Step 2: Finding the best evidence with which to answer that question
Step 3: Critically appraising the evidence for its validity, impact, and applicability
Step 4: Integrating the evidence with clinical expertise and the patient's unique biology, values and circumstances
Step 5: Evaluating the effectiveness and efficiency of the process
More resources for steps 1 through 3 are in the tabs above. Steps 4 and 5 are up to you as a health care provider.
Strauss, S. E. (2005). Evidence-based medicine : How to practice and teach EBM (3rd ed.). New York: Elsevier/Churchill Livingstone.