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International Journal of Nursing Education and Research
Year : 2018, Volume : 6, Issue : 3
First page : ( 295) Last page : ( 298)
Print ISSN : 2347-8640. Online ISSN : 2454-2660.
Article DOI : 10.5958/2454-2660.2018.00071.6

Evidence Based Practice–A Core Concept to Achieve Quality of Nursing Care

Mohanasundari S. K.1,*, Dr. Padmaja A.2

1PhD Scholar, Tutor/Clinical Instructor (Nursing), AIIMS, Jodhpur

2Vice-Principal/Professor, College of Nursing, SVIMS, Tirupati. AP

*Corresponding Author E-mail: roshinikrishitha@gmail.com

Online published on 31 October, 2018.

Abstract

Nursing has a rich history of using research in practice, pioneered by Florence Nightingale. Although during the early and mid-1900s, few nurses contributed to this foundation initiated by Nightingale, the nursing profession has more recently provided major leadership for improving care through application of best clinical research evidences in practice. Evidence-based practice (EBP) is the conscientious and judicious use of current best evidence in conjunction with clinical expertise and patient values to guide health care decisions. Expansion of Scientific knowledge, highly educated consumers, and nurses in clinical settings, aggressive pursuit of cost-effectiveness and accreditation expectation etc contributing to emphasis EBP. The steps of implementing EBP is Ask, Acquire, Appraise, Apply and Assess/Re Assess. CINAHL, MEDLINE: (PubMed) and Evidence based clinical practice guidelines etc are few resources to avail best evidences for practice. Best evidence includes empirical evidence from meta analysis, randomized controlled trials; evidence from other scientific methods such as descriptive and qualitative research; as well as use of information from case reports, scientific principles, and expert opinion. When enough research evidence is available, the practice should be guided by research evidence in conjunction with clinical expertise and patient values. Adequate knowledge, attitude, skill and support are key to apply Evidence in to practice. There is so many professional and individual barrier need to be overcome in order to implement EBP in clinical setting to achieve quality of nursing care.

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Keywords

Evidence-based practice, Quality improvement.

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