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American Journal of Nursing has a step-by-step series on Evidence Based Practice. Here are some of the particularly relevant/challenging steps explained:
What is Evidence Based Practice?
EBP Research Steps
According to the
American Nurses Association, there are 7 steps in Evidence-Based Practice Research:
Cultivate a Spirit of Inquiry.
Ask a burning clinical question.
Collect the most relevant and best evidence.
Critically appraise the evidence.
Integrate, or apply, the evidence with clinical expertise, patient preferences, and values in making a practice decision or change.
Evaluate the practice decision or change.
Disseminate EBP results.
Research as a Process
Research is an iterative process .
It can take more time and effort than simply plugging a few keywords into Google and taking the top three hits.
Analyze (assignment, due date, topic, etc...)
Find the right tools (books, databases, internet)
Search for information
Evaluate what you find
on your information Take notes
Do you have enough to complete the assignment or do you need to find more information?