EBP / QI / Research / Audit

Evidence Based Practice (EBP), Quality Improvement (QI) and Research are tools for problem solving and inform each other. [1]
  • QI analyses ex­isting data to improve systems related to business pro­cesses and outcomes (ie, cost, productivity, quality). Audit is a QI activity.
  • EBP analyses existing data for purposes of ranking evi­dence that will be used to answer questions that guide practice.
  • Re­search validates and refines existing data or generates new knowledge to influence nursing practice, systems and policies. [2]
As a result of these activities a change in practice is often indicated, with appropriate change management strategies required for effective implementation.
  1. Cepero J. Differences among quality improvement, evidence-based practice, and research. J Neurosci Nurs. 2011 Aug;43(4):230-2.
  2. Shirey MR, Hauck SL, Embree JL, Kinner TJ, Schaar GL, Phillips LA, et al. Showcasing differences between quality improvement, evidence-based practice, and research. J Contin Educ Nurs. 2011 Feb;42(2):57-68; quiz 69-70. Epub 2010 Jul 6.

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