Review Article

Translating Evidence-Based Research into Practice

Robin M. Sommers, DNP, ANP-BC, AOCNP®

From the University of Massachusetts Graduate School of Nursing, Worcester, Massachusetts.

The author wishes to acknowledge Drs. Kathleen Miller, Donna Berry, and Jean Boucher for their support and guidance during this project.

Correspondence to: Robin Sommers, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, 44 Binney St, Boston, MA, 02155. E-mail: rsommers@partners.org


J Adv Pract Oncol 2010;1:235–244 | DOI: 10.6004/jadpro.2010.1.4.2 | © 2010 Harborside Press


  

ABSTRACT

The demand for a transformation of the health-care system has led to an emphasis on evidence-based practice (EBP) to ensure safe, quality care. The gap between research and translation into practice has resulted in the call for changes in organizational cultures to promote the delivery of quality patient care and to ultimately improve patient outcomes. Knowledge of EBP and skills, theoretical models, and barriers to implementation is necessary to incorporate changes in clinical practice. New practice models such as interprofessional collaborative partnerships may foster environments that are supportive of problem-solving, innovation, and best practices. An overview of EBP, a discussion of challenges to its implementation, and a summary of the Doctorate of Nursing Practice student’s experience in the implementation of an evidence-based project are described.


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