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Evidence-Based Practice, Step by Step: Rolling Out the Rapid Response Team

Gallagher-Ford, Lynn MSN, RN, NE-BC; Fineout-Overholt, Ellen PhD, RN, FNAP, FAAN; Melnyk, Bernadette Mazurek PhD, RN, CPNP/PMHNP, FNAP, FAAN; Stillwell, Susan B. DNP, RN, CNE

AJN The American Journal of Nursing: May 2011 - Volume 111 - Issue 5 - p 42-47
doi: 10.1097/01.NAJ.0000398050.30793.0f
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The pilot phase begins.

This is the 10th article in a series from the Arizona State University College of Nursing and Health Innovation's Center for the Advancement of Evidence-Based Practice. Evidence-based practice (EBP) is a problem-solving approach to the delivery of health care that integrates the best evidence from studies and patient care data with clinician expertise and patient preferences and values. When delivered in a context of caring and in a supportive organizational culture, the highest quality of care and best patient outcomes can be achieved.

The purpose of this series is to give nurses the knowledge and skills they need to implement EBP consistently, one step at a time. Articles will appear every other month to allow you time to incorporate information as you work toward implementing EBP at your institution. Also, we've scheduled "Chat with the Authors" calls every few months to provide a direct line to the experts to help you resolve questions. See details opposite.

In the 10th article on implementing evidence-based practice, the team prepares for the RRT pilot launch.

Lynn Gallagher-Ford is clinical assistant professor and assistant director of the Center for the Advancement of Evidence-Based Practice at Arizona State University in Phoenix, where Ellen Fineout-Overholt is clinical professor and director, Susan B. Stillwell is clinical professor and associate director, and Bernadette Mazurek Melnyk is dean and distinguished foundation professor of nursing at the College of Nursing and Health Innovation. Contact author: Lynn Gallagher-Ford,

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