720 Appraisal and Analysis within Evidence-Based Practice

This course introduces the concepts associated with evidence-based nursing practice. The steps in implementing evidence-based practice are explored in depth, including the following: selecting a clinical or knowledge question or problem, forming a team, retrieving the evidence from published literature, evaluating the strength of the evidence, critiquing research and practice guidelines, synthesizing the research, and examining patient preferences. Issues related to information management technology will be introduced. Strategies for creating a culture of evidence-based practice, both for individuals and systems, will be identified, and the barriers to evidence-based practice will also be identified. Prerequisites: 700 or consent of instructor. 3 S.H.