Knowledge for Health Care Practice: A Guide to Using Research Evidence / Edition 1

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Overview

This new handbook guides readers, step by step, through the process of applying research evidence to clinical decision-making and patient care. It explores how to locate, understand, and critically appraise research evidence and evaluate its clinical significance, applicability, and scientific credibility.Useful to all health care practitioners, this new resource demonstrates when and how to integrate research evidence into daily practice and how to evaluate the effect of research-based practice in patient outcomes. Pathway maps, algorithms, and flow charts facilitate decision-making.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Reviewer: Alexandra A. Garcia, RN, MS (University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing)
Description: This book guides the reader through the process of evaluating research studies and applying research findings to healthcare practice.
Purpose: The purpose is to fill gaps in the literature on research utilization, particularly on the appraisal of collective evidence from two or more studies.
Audience: The book is written for healthcare professionals and students and presupposes a basic level of knowledge of statistics, research designs, and principles of data analysis.
Features: The book begins with a nice discussion of the importance of research-based practice. Rather detailed guidelines are provided for individuals, groups of clinicians, or students on how to conduct an appraisal of the research literature. A flow chart or algorithm is provided to prompt the investigator from the initial step of formulating the question to beginning the literature search, appraising the reports, planning and making changes in clinical practice, and evaluation of the change. An entire chapter is devoted to locating literature via paper and electronic resources and databases. Basic information is provided on research designs and the reporting of findings including measures of effect size. One chapter includes a review of issues related to validity and the difference between statistical versus clinical significance. A series of appraisal questions are furnished in the chapters on evaluating findings from single studies, as well as collective evidence from two or more studies and research reviews and summaries covering a variety of research designs. The reader is also counseled on the evaluation of evidence from qualitative studies. The appendixes include several examples of research appraisals and tools to help the reader conduct an appraisal.
Assessment: This is a useful tool for the clinician and beginning consumer of research. Issues related to research evaluation and utilization are clearly addressed; this is a practical and efficient guide to research appraisal.
Alexandra A. Garcia
This book guides the reader through the process of evaluating research studies and applying research findings to healthcare practice. The purpose is to fill gaps in the literature on research utilization, particularly on the appraisal of collective evidence from two or more studies. The book is written for healthcare professionals and students and presupposes a basic level of knowledge of statistics, research designs, and principles of data analysis. The book begins with a nice discussion of the importance of research-based practice. Rather detailed guidelines are provided for individuals, groups of clinicians, or students on how to conduct an appraisal of the research literature. A flow chart or algorithm is provided to prompt the investigator from the initial step of formulating the question to beginning the literature search, appraising the reports, planning and making changes in clinical practice, and evaluation of the change. An entire chapter is devoted to locating literature via paper and electronic resources and databases. Basic information is provided on research designs and the reporting of findings including measures of effect size. One chapter includes a review of issues related to validity and the difference between statistical versus clinical significance. A series of appraisal questions are furnished in the chapters on evaluating findings from single studies, as well as collective evidence from two or more studies and research reviews and summaries covering a variety of research designs. The reader is also counseled on the evaluation of evidence from qualitative studies. The appendixes include several examples of research appraisals and tools to help the readerconduct an appraisal. This is a useful tool for the clinician and beginning consumer of research. Issues related to research evaluation and utilization are clearly addressed; this is a practical and efficient guide to research appraisal.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780721678030
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 1/28/1999
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.45 (d)

Table of Contents

Clinical Knowledge · Science: A Dependable Knowledge Source · Getting Started · Shaping the Clinical Question · Searching for Studies · Reading Research Reports · Broad Issues in the Appraisal of Findings · Appraising Findings from Single Original Studies · Appraising Collective Evidence · Appraising the Evidence for State-of-the-Science Summaries · Making a Change and Evaluatiing Its Impact · Committing to Research-Based Practice

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