Practical steps for evidence-based practice: putting one foot in front of the other.

Journal Article (Review;Journal Article)

Evidence-based practice is a goal for all institutions and often an accreditation requirement. However, moving forward to "just do it" poses a problem for nurses in most patient care units. In spite of increased focus on evidence-based practice initiatives, creation of a systematic approach that effectively integrates the evidence for our practice into the minute-by-minute activities of patient care is still needed. In this article, the steps for accomplishing evidence-based practice in the clinical area are described, beginning with establishing a system to identify, evaluate, and prioritize clinical questions and existing research. Although conducting new, unit-based nursing research may seem a distant goal, beginning with initiatives to increase the use of existing evidence in practice is a first step to this goal, one that contributes to professional development and improved patient outcomes.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Granger, BB

Published Date

  • July 2008

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 19 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 314 - 324

PubMed ID

  • 18670207

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1559-7776

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1559-7768

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1097/01.aacn.0000330383.87507.d1


  • eng