Evidence-based practice: the relevance of systematic reviews.

Jennifer McGaughey

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To demonstrate how systematic reviews provide robust evidence to inform clinical decision making in practice.

Systematic reviews collate findings from a number of research studies in order to provide a comprehensive and reliable summary of the best available evidence. The use of systematic reviews to inform practice based decisions has increased as a result of the overwhelming amount of research literature available, poor quality of research evidence and the need to ensure practice is based upon the best available evidence. Systematic reviews are an efficient way of coping with large volumes of data to answer focused research questions. They differ from traditional literature reviews as they adhere to an explicit scientific process. The use of explicit and rigorous methods to identify, appraise and synthesise relevant studies minimises bias and provides a reliable basis for decision making. As a result systematic reviews provide clear evidence on the effectiveness of a healthcare intervention to inform policy and decision making across healthcare systems. An example of how the findings from systematic reviews can provide reliable evidence to inform healthcare decisions will be provided in this presentation1. This will demonstrate how focused clinical questions can be answered by systematic reviews and translated into practice.

1. McGaughey J, Alderdice F, Fowler R, Kapila A, Moutray M. (2007) Outreach and Early Warning Systems (EWS) for the prevention of Intensive Care admission admission and death of critically ill adult patients on general hospital wards (REVIEW). The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 3. art no CD005529
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2015
EventBritish Association of Critical Care Nurses (BACCN) International Conference - London , United Kingdom
Duration: 06 Sep 201508 Sep 2015


ConferenceBritish Association of Critical Care Nurses (BACCN) International Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


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