Graphics for dissemination of meta-analyses to staff nurses
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Graphics for dissemination of meta-analyses to staff nurses

Judith A Floyd Professor, College of Nursing, Wayne State University, Detroit MI, United States
Elizabeth A Galvin Clinical nurse specialist for research and evidence-based practice, Detroit Medical Center, Detroit MI United States
Janna C Roop Assistant clinical professor, College of Nursing, Wayne State University, Detroit MI, United States
Marilyn H Oermann Professor and division chair, School of Nursing, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill NC, US
Cheryl K Nordstrom Assistant research professor, College of Nursing, Wayne State University, Detroit MI United States

Meta-analytic findings can be useful to nurses seeking research results to guide practice, but graphics used by meta-analysts take time to master. Simpler displays can be created by staff development educators if they understand commonly used meta-analytic displays. For instance, simplified versions of ‘forest plots’, a common metaphoric display can be created to introduce staff nurses to meta-analytic findings published in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews and similar databases.

Nurse Researcher. 18, 1, 72-86. doi: 10.7748/nr2010.10.18.1.72.c8049

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