Use of a Framework to Integrate Research, Evidence-Based Practice, and Quality Improvement

      Nurses must be able to differentiate between research, evidence-based practice (EBP), and quality improvement (QI). The objective of this evidence-based QI initiative was to determine the effectiveness of using a framework that integrates research, EBP, and QI to identify the appropriate approach to address an issue. An online tool was developed to determine if a project was research, EBP, or QI and then directed the user to experts for project support. Properly identifying and referring potential research, EBP, or QI project to an expert mentor enabled timely action to address issues and effective utilization of experts.
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      Colleen O'Leary, DNP, RN, AOCNS®, EBP-CH, is is an associate director of Evidence-Based Practice for The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute. She can be reached at [email protected] . Tara Spalla King, PhD, RN, is an associate professor of Clinical Nursing for The Ohio State University College of Nursing. Lynn Gallagher Ford, PhD, RN, NE-BC, DPFNAP, FAAN, is senior director for The Ohio State University College of Nursing Helene Fuld Health Trust National Institute for Evidence-based Practice in Nursing and Healthcare; and director, Clinical Core, The Fuld Institute for EBP. Jennifer Kue, PhD, is an associate professor for the University of South Florida College of Nursing.