Evidence-based practice (EBP) is a problem-solving approach to the delivery of health care that integrates the best evidence from studies and patient care data with clinician expertise and patient preferences and values. When delivered in a context of caring and in a supportive organizational culture, the highest quality of care and best patient outcomes can be achieved...The purpose of this series is to give nurses the knowledge and skills they need to implement EBP consistently, one step at a time.
ANA has developed a Research Toolkit to help you provide evidence-based care that promotes quality health outcomes for individuals, families, communities and health care systems. The Toolkit can also assist you in shaping health policy at the bedside, within an organization, and at the local, state and national level. The toolkit offers an introduction to research and evidence-based practice. It provides access to numerous resources to translate evidence into practice and to support nurse researchers. Members only can log in and have access to a research repository with reviews of research articles.
Working from a Distance?
If you're working from off campus, you can find more information on what resources are availalbe to you by looking at the Distance Education Resources research guide.
The PICO format can help you formulate your question.
Steps for locating information for a research paper/project:
Select a topic of interest and then state your topic as a question (see the PICO handout)
Identify the key concepts and words that describe your question
Locate and retrieve information sources that support the topic question; this includes using library catalogs to locate reference books, encyclopedias, bibliographies, handbooks, statistics, videos, and other media
Use online databases to find journal articles, newspapers, statistics, and other kinds of supporting materials
Find Internet resources; this may include government documents, images, graphs, data, maps and more
Evaluate what you find; take detailed notes; summarize and quote source material accurately
Cite your sources of information accurately: use a bibliographic management program such as EndNote to organize materials and write your paper with properly formatted citations