We all know the importance of using the best available evidence to support our clinical practice to improve outcomes. While there is a set of nurses and other healthcare professionals who actually complete research or implement it into practice, the truth is, we need more healthcare professionals to join the effort. The issue with evidence synthesis and dissemination, along with working clinically or teaching, is time. Our days are packed, we’re running around trying to get more done and don’t we have enough stress?
Searching for evidence takes time and can be intimidating. Have you identified a clinical practice issue or problem that needs improvement? Reducing healthcare-associated infections, decreasing falls, minimizing medication errors, or improving hand hygiene are among some examples.
Ovid (Ovid and Lippincott NursingCenter are both subsidiaries of Wolters Kluwer) is excited to introduce a new program – SPEED: Superior Practice: Expediting Evidence Dissemination
to provide expertise in finding current evidence, identifying its quality and helping to assess the relevance for your setting. Run by Elaine Larson, PhD, RN, CIC, FAAN, this program is designed to save you time and improve outcomes. You are invited to propose to conduct a pilot project, using an evidence-based practice (EBP) model of your choosing (e.g., Iowa, Melnyk, or your own model). And don't worry, you don’t have to be an Ovid customer to participate!
- Identify a clinical practice issue or problem which needs to be improved.
- Select an EBP model to use as a template. If your institution has adopted/adapted a model, use that one. If not, select a model such, as the Iowa model or the Melnyk model.
- Prepare the proposal using the components of that model (maximum of 4 pages, excluding references and figures/tables).
- Maintain currency and keep abreast of literature of clinical relevance
- Identify gaps and needs for practice improvement
- Assess the relevance of evidence to improve patient care in their setting
- Develop a plan for implementing appropriate policy and practice changes
- Define measures of success (processes and outcomes)
- Assess the impact of changes
- Prepare a manuscript for publication