Discussion question | NR439 | Chamberlain College of Nursing
Research and Evidence-Based Practice differ in that EBP combines the best available evidence from systematic studies with patient preferences and clinical expertise to ensure optimal care. Evidence-based practices are built on the basis of research, which provides current and reliable data upon which to base decisions.
Nursing research can help inform nursing best practices. It generates new knowledge which is then used to improve and change clinical practice. These changes may involve modifying or changing policies and protocols, as well as adjusting treatment plans. A nurse, for example, may have read an article that suggested a specific course of treatment for a condition. This evidence could be applied to their care for patients with similar conditions.
Also, EBP is supported by research that determines how effective existing interventions are and informs decision-making regarding the implementation of new therapies. The research also provides important information about the potential risks and benefits of interventions. In order to use the findings of research in everyday practice, nurse practitioners need to stay up-to-date on all recent studies.
Conclusion: It’s clear that EBP is supported by research. Staying informed on the latest medical advances through reading and keeping up with trends in the field will help nurses make better decisions about patient care.