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J Nurs Adm. 2008 Jan;38(1):47-51.

Evidence-based policy and procedures: an algorithm for success.

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  • 1University of Colorado Hospital, Aurora, CO 80045, USA.


Evidence-based practice is defined as the use of current best evidence by clinicians when making patient care decisions. Barriers to an evidence-based practice are well identified in the literature and significantly impact the use of research findings in practice. A key feature of a practice environment that supports and promotes the use of best evidence is requiring clinical practice policies and procedures to be evidence-based. The authors describe the structure and process developed to facilitate evidence-based policies and the outcomes of the initiative.

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