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Int J Palliat Nurs. 2008 Jan;14(1):45-7.

A question of evidence: decision-making in palliative care nursing.

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  • 1University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.


Nurses are urged to integrate research evidence into their practice. Current perspectives of evidence-based practice promote a hierarchy of empirical evidence. Notwithstanding the contribution of empirical knowledge, this approach constrains our understanding of the value and contribution of other forms of knowledge. Shifting to a model of 'evidence informed practice', where multiple forms of knowledge are considered and valued, may better reflect the complexities of end-of-life care and offer a fuller understanding of palliative care nursing best practice.

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