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Evidence-Based Practice, Step by Step: Sustaining Evidence-Based Practice Through Organizational Policies and an Innovative Model

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

AJN, American Journal of Nursing: September 2011 - Volume 111 - Issue 9 - pp 57-60
doi: 10.1097/01.NAJ.0000405063.97774.0e
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The team adopts the Advancing Research and Clinical Practice Through Close Collaboration model.

This is the 12th and last 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 it's 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 complete EBP series is available as a collection on our Web site; go to www.ajnonline.com and click on Collections.

In the 12th and last article in this series, the team adopts the Advancing Research and Clinical Practice Through Close Collaboration model.

Bernadette Mazurek Melnyk is associate vice president for health promotion, university chief wellness officer, and dean of The Ohio State University College of Nursing in Columbus, where Lynn Gallagher-Ford is director of Transdisciplinary Evidence-Based Practice and Clinical Innovation. Ellen Fineout-Overholt is dean of Professional Studies and chair of the Department of Nursing at East Texas Baptist University in Marshall, TX. Susan B. Stillwell is clinical professor and associate director of the Center for the Advancement of Evidence-Based Practice at Arizona State University in Phoenix. At the time this article was written, Bernadette Mazurek Melnyk was dean and distinguished foundation professor of nursing in the College of Nursing and Health Innovation at Arizona State University, where Ellen Fineout-Overholt was clinical professor and director, and Lynn Gallagher-Ford was clinical assistant professor and assistant director, of the Center for the Advancement of Evidence-Based Practice. Contact author: Bernadette Mazurek Melnyk, melnyk.15@osu.edu. The authors have disclosed no potential conflicts of interest, financial or otherwise.

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