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Evidence-Based Practice: Basic Strategies for Success

BENEFIELD, LAZELLE E. PhD, RN

Clinical Concerns

The integration of the comprehensive assessment using OASIS and examining care outcomes using OBQI has left clinicians’ heads spinning. The care provided between assessment and outcomes—interventions—has not been closely examined. That is soon to change. This article provides clinicians with an overview of how using best evidence can assist in making up-to-date clinical interventions. Evidence reports and sources to reference best evidence to improve clinical decision making are outlined.

Lazelle E. Benefield, PhD, RN, is Associate Professor, Harris School of Nursing, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, TX.

Editor’s Note:The emphasis on best practices based on evidence and research is an increasing focus in all areas of healthcare. This movement has reached home care and is a concept clinicians must understand and apply to their practice. To assist our readers in learning the basics of this concept, this article launches a series of articles to be published in HHN during 2003. Dr. Lazelle Benefield, a researcher, faculty member, and HHN editorial board member, has agreed to coordinate this article series.

Please let me know of any questions, case studies, or other issues surrounding best practices that you would like to see addressed in the journal.

Address for correspondence: c/o Harris School of Nursing, Texas Christian University, P.O. Box 298620, Fort Worth, TX 76129 (e-mail: L.Benefield@TCU.edu).

© 2002 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.