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Nurses' guide to evidence-based practice: Quick Takes

A compilation of resources designed to empower practicing nurses to use the best available knowledge in caring for their patients.


evidence-based nursing
evidence-based practice
evidence-based practice research
implementation research
patient safety


Speed up on Clinical Research

Introduction to principles and practice of Clinical Research / NIH Webinar

Issues in Randomization
Dr. Laura Lee Johnson

Sample Scenarios & Worksheets (Centre for Evidence-based Medicine)

EBM Tools

Levels of evidence / Oxford Univ.

Catmaker & EBM Calculators / Univ. of Oxford

Stats calculator / UToronto
Critical appraisal Tools / Univ. of Oxford
Appraise the evidence / UNC

The Research Cycle / WHO

EBM Guides & Tools (Samaritan Health)

Technology Assessments / AHRQ
EBM Stats Calculator Diagnostic Test - calculates the Sensitivity, Specificity, PPV, NPV, LR+, and LR-Prospective Study

What is Evidence-based Nursing


"Evidence-Based Nursing (EBN) is an integration of the best evidence available, nursing expertise, and the values and and preferences of the individual, families, and communities who are served..."  Sigma Theta Tau International, Honor Society of Nursing. 

"An ongoing process by which evidence, nursing theory and the practitioners’ clinical expertise are critically evaluated and considered, in conjunction with patient involvement, to provide delivery of optimum nursing care for the individual."

Watch thisMacro Trends in Nursing 2016 - YouTube  / by Anne Dabrow Woods, MSN, RN, CRNP, ANP-BC, Chief Nurse, Wolters Kluwer Health.

Guides & Tutorials

Introduction to evidence-based practice (Duke University)
Using evidence based practice in nursing: a 5-step process / UNC

Evidence based practice in the health sciences (Univ. of Queensland)
Evidence based practice--an interprofessional tutorial (Univ. of Minnesota)

5As Steps of Evidence-Based Practice
Evidence based practice in 5 simple steps / Claire Johnson. Editor-in-chief, JMPT
This editorial provides a brief review of Sackett's 5 steps of evidence-based practice. (J Manipulative Physiol Ther 2008;31:169-170): an editorial)

Cochrane handbook of systematic reviews

Read this article: How to read a paper (BMJ)
Read this article: Dunifon, R. (2005) How to read a research article.
Read this article: Murad, M H. How to read a systematic review and meta-analysis ...

Watch: How to read academic research
Watch: How to read scientific paper
Watch: How to read a medical study

Other guides

Evidence at Becker / Susan Fowler
Evidence-Based Practice Resources / VCU Libraries
Evidence-Based Practice / Univ. of Washington


Subject Guide

Nelia Wurangian-Caan
Del. E. Webb Library
Dept. of Research and Instruction
Local ext. 47535

Stay current...

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EPC Evidence-based Reports / AHRQ