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Synopsis

The Evidence-based Practice Manual successfully breaks down the skills for evidence-based nursing into manageable components. The reader will learn how to find, critically read and interpret a range of research studies, and will discover optimal approaches to helping patients reach decisions that are informed by the best-available evidence. The more-strategic concepts of developing an organisational evidence-based culture and making evidence-based changes at organisational level are the focus of the final section.

  • Step-by-step guide to finding, appraising and applying research evidence in nursing
  • Teaches skills for successfully reviewing published literature:
    • formulating a focused question
    • developing a search strategy for efficient retrieval of relevant studies
    • appraising the retrieved studies

  • All examples are relevant to nurses and nursing
  • Reflects contemporary nursing issues
  • A new chapter on ‘Using research evidence in making clinical decisions with the individual patient’ provides practical guidance and tools for decision-making
  • A new chapter on ‘Using evidence from qualitative studies’ explains the complexities of qualitative methodologies and methods in a simple, easily understood way

Online exercises and solutions

  • Help the reader test out and consolidate newly acquired skills and knowledge

  • Provide an opportunity to critically appraise studies with the following range of designs:
    • qualitative research
    • a randomised controlled trial
    • a cohort study
    • a case control study
    • a diagnostic test accuracy study
    • a systematic review
    • a clinical guideline

  • Example solutions are provided, all written by experts in the field.

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