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SUNY-Downstate Medical Research Library of Brooklyn: Evidence-Based Nursing Practice

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ANA Research Toolkit

This is a series of articles and tools that help one design and implement  Evidence Based Nursing  research.  

Joanna Briggs Institute

The Joanna Briggs Institute has established itself as a world wide center of Evidence-Based Health Care.

They operate a repository for Evidence-Based Health care of all types,

They have established a GRADE Center, they offer course, tutorials, fellowships, and degrees.  They offer an evaluation format for systematic reviews.

They have affiliated schools and programs world-wide.


NINR- National Institute of Nursing Research 

It is part of the NIH, National Institutes of Health.

Their motto is "Building the Scientific Foundations for Clincical Practice"

The NIHR supports evidence-based practice but the words "Evidence-Based Practice" are not used generally on this site.  

The Sigma Repository, formerly called the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository

"... the only repository solely dedicated to sharing works created by nurses. It is an open-access digital academic and clinical scholarship service that freely collects, preserves, and disseminates full-text nursing research and evidence-based practice materials. The repository is a resource of SIGMA, formerly known as the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International."

NICHSR (National Information Center on Health Services Research and Health Care Technology)

Its mission is to Improve the collection, storage, analysis, retrieval, and dissemination of health services research.  

It does this in part by standardizing the language used by EHR's, and other systems that describe clinical attributes. 

It helps develop literature search  filters so that researchers may more easily find information on subjects like "Outcome assessments".  

It keeps lists of current and planned health research going on nationwide.  

It's overall goal is to develop language standardization  to promote communication clarity among Federal health related agencies.

DARE (Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effects): Quality-Assessed Reviews (last updated 2015)

These are reviews of systematic reviews on a variety of topics. 

They analyze systematic reviews so that the reader can judge for  accuracy, relevance and thoroughness. It has recently changed sponsorship and expects to be updated in the next few years.

The successor to DARE is  NIHR and has been active since  April 2015 .

Duke University's Qualitative Research Guide

How to find everything you want to know about Qualitative Research. Updated regularly.

Data Collection in Qualitative Research

 A free article  from Evidence Based Nursing, a BMJ journal

Grading of Recommendations Assessment, Development and Evaluation ( GRADE) 

The GRADE approach reflects ‘best practice’ in terms of clinical guideline development and has been endorsed by organizations across the globe. Each guideline proposed is given an actual letter grade, representing the strength of the available evidence.

Joanna Briggs Institute has a GRADE Center oriented towards nursing guidelines.  

How to Choose a Design to Review the Literature:

From the Journal Evidence Based Nursing.

Nursing Research Library Guide from McMaster University

Comprehensive guide on understanding and using evidence informed decision making. The British and the Canadians have adapted the formulation formulation "Evidence informed" vs. "evidence based".  

This guide defines 'Evidence Informed Decision Making" as a "broad concept referring to the incorporation of valid and relevant external evidence during the decision making process".

Research Methodology:  Case Studies- What is Their Place  in Research?

The article What is a Case Study?  by Heale and Twycross (2017) concisely explains the role of case studies in nursing research.