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Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing. Edition No. 4

  • ID: 4772289
  • Book
  • September 2019
  • Elsevier Health Science

The new edition of this highly successful book brings to its readership the fundamentals of evidence-based nursing practice in an easily digested format. Avoiding unnecessary jargon and using case studies and other practical examples to help demystify research and the process of applying research in clinical practice, Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing, 4th edition, will be essential reading for anyone interested in developing their skills in this area.

Now published in full color throughout, and with accompanying online exercises, Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing, 4th edition, explains how to ask the right question, search the literature, evaluate - and safely apply - evidence from qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods studies including systematic reviews. The book also explains how to use evidence-based guidelines and use research evidence in making clinical decisions with individual patients. A concluding chapter explores the challenges of embedding an evidence-based culture within a healthcare institution.

Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing, 4th edition, will be ideal for all students on nursing programs undertaking relevant research and evidence based practice modules, nurses undertaking post-graduate study, and anyone returning to practice who needs to understand how evidence-based practice is shaping practice today. The book will also be invaluable to students of midwifery and other healthcare professions involved in similar areas of study.

  • Helps students learn to read and understand research results as a foundation for evidence-based practice
  • Easy writing style makes a potentially difficult subject accessible and enjoyable
  • Explains how to search the literature and rank it according to the strength of its evidence
  • Case studies, scenarios and exercises 'bring the subject to life'
  • Clearly explains the process of critical appraisal - quality of the study, interpretation of the results, and applicability of the findings to individual patients
  • Explains the various means of applying data from population studies to the individual
  • Offers practical advice on how to communicate risks and benefits to patients
  • Contains a glossary of useful terms
  • New editorship brings an international dimension to the content
  • Includes a new chapter on mixed methods studies
  • Expanded discussion of the evaluation of qualitative systematic reviews
  • Updated information on the implementation of guidelines and the current role of evidence in healthcare organisational policy
  • Now published in full colour throughout
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1 Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing

2 How to ask the right question

3 Searching the literature

4 Using evidence from qualitative studies

5 Using evidence from quantitative studies

6 Using evidence from mixed methods studies

7 Using evidence from systematic reviews

8 Evidence-based guidelines

9 Using research evidence in making clinical decisions with individual patients

10 How can we develop an evidence-based culture?


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Jean V. Craig Research Advisor, NIHR Research Design Service for the East of England (Norfolk and Suffolk), Norwich Medical School, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK.

Jean Craig is a research advisor with the Research Design Service of the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR RDS). This varied role entails working with nurses and other health care practitioners, methodologists, health care managers and members of the public to develop high quality, competitive research grant applications.
She has worked as a pediatric nurse in a variety of acute hospitals and settings including the renowned Red Cross War Memorial Children's Hospital, South Africa's only dedicated child health institution, St Thomas' Hospital in London and Alder Hey Children's Hospital in Liverpool, one of Europe's largest children's hospitals. There, her role as the integrated care pathway coordinator for the cardiac intensive care and other cardiac units provided her with hands-on experience of the challenges of initiating organizational evidence-based practice changes that required buy-in from people from different professions.
Her research career started in Liverpool where she worked as a research associate in the Evidence-Based Child Health Unit at the University of Liverpool, undertaking systematic reviews and contributing to the development of National clinical guidelines. She was a member of the Alder Hey Children's NHS Trust Research Review Committee and helped to establish and run a Research Clinic at the Trust for clinicians developing research proposals. She established and led the Evidence-Based Practice Child Health module for post-graduates at the University of Liverpool. As a regional research adviser, she has an informal educational role in supporting learning about research methods. She is an independent member of the data monitoring and ethics committees for a number of trials, and a member of the trials adoption group for the Norwich Clinical Trials Unit.
Jean has published on a wide range of nursing topics. She is co-editor of the first three editions of The Evidence-Based Practice Manual for Nurses, and is a member of the editorial board for the journal Pilot and Feasibility Studies. Research from her PhD (obtained in Liverpool University, UK) about temperature measurement in infants and children was published in The Lancet and the British Medical Journal.
Dawn Dowding Professor in Clinical Decision Making, Division of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work, The University of Manchester, Manchester, UK; Former Professor of Nursing at Columbia University School of Nursing and the Visiting Nurse Service of New York, New York, USA.
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