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Using the Ottawa Model of Research Use to Implement a Skin Care Program

Graham, Kathleen RN, MN; Logan, Jo RN, PhD

Continuing Education

Addressing skin care issues requires a systematic and comprehensive approach. We used the pragmatic Ottawa Model of Research Use to guide the implementation of clinical practice guidelines in a surgical program of a tertiary care hospital. Assessments were made of existing clinical practice guidelines, the practice environment, and the potential adopters. With this information, we tailored strategies to address the barriers and to implement the guidelines. A formative evaluation demonstrated positive results.

From Patient Care, Queensway Carleton Hospital, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada (Graham)

The Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Logan)

The authors would like to acknowledge the assistance of Ian Graham, PhD, and Debora Hogan, RN, MScN, for their helpful comments on early drafts.

Corresponding author: Kathleen Graham, RN, MN, Queensway Carleton Hospital, 3045 Baseline Road, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K2H 8P4 (e-mail:

Accepted for publication: June 12, 2003

© 2004 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.