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Evidence-Based Practice, Step by Step: Implementing an Evidence-Based Practice Change

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: March 2011 - Volume 111 - Issue 3 - p 54-60
doi: 10.1097/10.1097/01.NAJ.0000395243.14347.7e
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This is the ninth 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. Details about how to participate in the next call will be published with May's Evidence-Based Practice, Step by Step.

In the ninth article on implementing evidence-based practice, the team prepares for the stakeholder kick-off meeting. Supplemental digital content is available in the text.

Lynn Gallagher-Ford is 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 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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