Evidence Based Nursing


These links are only provided as assistance for research & learning purposes.

Why do research? Today the catchphrase is evidenced based nursing to ensure high quality nursing practice. To be competent nurses we must use evidenced based nursing that means keeping up with VALID current research. Current Medical and Nursing knowledge is changing fast in the world, i.e. the Genome Project means new drugs/treatments. To allow high quality nursing all nurses need to at least have a base knowledge of research to decipher the research articles we come across to pick out the good from the bad. It would not do to accept a article on face value just because it has been printed in a journal. How many think  its OK to believe all you see or read on TV or in print? I don't think many would. That's why research is included in nursing courses!

NOTE: If you are looking for Info on Subjects/Topics whilst doing Literature searches you will find PubMed, Grateful Med and BioMed useful. Also check out the JCU Nursing Science Abstracts from our own Lecturers/Researchers.

Research Lots of Info.

The National Health and Medical Research Centre (NHMRC)

National Institute for Nursing Research (US site) Research papers 

Nursing Research and Scientific Activities Agenda  Joan-Enric (John-Henry) Torra Bou personal web site (in English) with links  

The Royal Windsor Nursing Society for Nursing Research UK. Plus a link to their list of books of Research Instruments used as tools to measure Validity & Reliability + Outcome Assessment.  

Cancer Guide - How to Research the Medical Literature

CONCEPTUAL THEORETICAL FRAMEWORKS: Here are some www links that explain a few nursing and associated frameworks that have been applied to research development. *Conceptual Framework -USA University School of Nursing framework that is designed to unify the approach to the curriculum by serving as a guide for the selection of nursing content etc. * The University of Kansas School of Nursing Conceptual Framework *Nursing Student Handbook that uses a Conceptual Framework, Uni of Central Florida.  * Using Conceptual Mapping to develop a Conceptual Framework - *  A Conceptual Framework for Research Agenda development-an essay outlining an alternative conceptual framework for formulating research agendas- outlines a framework structured using a “motivational” criteria that could serve to extend agendas driven by research, teaching, and service components. * AIDS and Stigma-a Conceptual Framework and Research Agenda. * Conceptual Framework and Research Methodology 

Research Methods in Nursing includes a practice test on research problems and hypotheses. 

Nursing Research Definitions

Evaluating Internet Information -NOTE: This site points out the importance of validation of accuracy and reliability of sources on the Internet that are used when researching or as references

QUALITATIVE/QUANTITATIVE RESEARCH; Ways of approaching Research: Qualitative Designs; Qualitative Research; Some examples of clinical fields where both qualitative and quantitative research methods have been used; An Argument for Integration of Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods to Strengthen Internal Validity; 

Research Methods Database: includes the following areas plus LOTS MORE. Concept mapping; Problem Formulation; Constructing the Survey; Interviews; etc. etc. 

Learning to Read Research Reports  from the Association of Peri-operative Registered Nurses online Journal AORN

BMJ How to read a Medical Research Article/Paper. # Understanding and Reading Research # Statistics made easy for Biologists - This web page is designed to help you to understand the basics of statistical analysis of data collected. Click on the links to find out the reasons for the statistical tests and when they are appropriate # Statistics Every Writer Should Know # Research Designs Explained

Evidence-Based Nursing and Health Care Resources-Nursing Sites on the World Wide Web

The Cochrane Library. The Cochrane Library is an electronic publication designed to supply high quality evidence to inform people providing and receiving care, and those responsible for research, teaching, funding and administration at all levels. The Abstracts of Cochrane Reviews are available without charge, and can be browsed or searched. However for full articles subscriptions are necessary.

Symptomatic Research Methods and Opportunities- Interactive Textbook on Clinical Symptom Research. This site allows you to look at the methods used in Medical Research Clinical Trials in areas such as the set up and development of Clinical Trials, Pain, Cancer, Delirium, Decision Making etc. etc. 

The Joanna Briggs Institute for Evidenced Based Nursing and Midwifery. GOOD!!

I have found the following internet browser to be an excellent tool for searching the internet. It was recommended for academic research as it is faster with more hits per search. See what you think.

Google Enter one or more keywords. Use " " for exact phrases


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