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Methods, Levels of Evidence, Strength of Recommendations for Treatment Statements for Evidence-Based Report Cards: A New Beginning

Gray, Mikel; Bliss, Donna; Klem, Mary Lou

Journal of Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing: January/February 2015 - Volume 42 - Issue 1 - p 16–18
doi: 10.1097/WON.0000000000000104
EVIDENCE-BASED REPORT CARD
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In 2001, the Journal began publishing a special feature the Evidence-Based Report Card. These articles were designed to systematically identify and review evidence pertaining to wound, ostomy and continence specialty practice and summarize recommendations for clinical practice. Based on feedback from WOCN members and Society leadership, the Journal will relaunch this popular and valuable special feature. This article describes methods used to generate Evidence-Based Report Cards, a taxonomy of levels of evidence, and criteria for ranking the strength of recommendations for treatment.

Mikel Gray, PhD, PNP, FNP, CUNP, CCCN, FAANP, FAAN, Department of Urology, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia.

Donna Bliss, PhD, RN, FAAN, FGSA, School of Nursing, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.

Mary Lou Klem, PhD, MLIS, Health Sciences Library System, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Correspondence: Mikel Gray, PhD, PNP, FNP, CUNP, CCCN, FAANP, FAAN, Department of Urology, University of Virginia, PO Box 800422, Charlottesville, VA 22908 (Mg5k@virginia.edu).

The authors declare no conflicts of interest pertinent to the subject matter of this article.

© 2015 by the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society.