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J Contin Educ Nurs. 2013 Jan;44(1):43-8.

Evaluation of a critical appraisal program for clinical nurses: a controlled before-and-after study.

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  • 1Department of Nursing, Changhua Christian Hospital, Changhua, Taiwan.



Evidence-based practice is important to.clinical health care professionals. Clinical nurses can make informed decisions by applying the best evidence to their care. However, standardized curricula on evidence-based medicine are lacking in nursing education programs. This study evaluated a critical appraisal education program and assessed its value in increasing nurses' knowledge of critical appraisal and confidence in their critical appraisal skills.


A controlled before-and-after study design was used. The education program integrated lectures,practice, and group discussion. A questionnaire was used to evaluate participants' knowledge and confidence in critical appraisal pre- and postintervention.


Participants' knowledge and confidence in critical appraisal improved significantly postintervention(both p < .001 ).


A 1-day, small group discussion education program can effectively improve nurses' knowledge and confidence in critical appraisal. Educators and administrators may replicate this education program to improve the quality of nursing care

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