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Evidence-based practice: improving patient outcomes

Therese Leufer Lecturer in nursing, Dublin City University, Dublin
Joanne Cleary-Holdforth Lecturer in nursing, Dublin City University, Dublin

This article reviews the principles of evidence-based practice (EBP), the essential components of the EBP process, potential barriers to its implementation and the role of education in supporting EBP. The overall aim is to expand the knowledge base and debate surrounding EBP, and to highlight the significant contribution that nurses can make to improving patient outcomes in practice.

Correspondence therese.leufer@dcu.ie

Nursing Standard. 23, 32,35-39. doi: 10.7748/ns2009.04.23.32.35.c6935

Published in print: 15 April 2009

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This article has been subject to double blind peer review