How can a nurse who practices in the clinical area find out what the best practices are for that specialty?
a. Create a critique of available literature.
b. Critique expert opinion papers on the subject.
c. Develop a summary of all research on the topic.
d. Read published meta-analyses.
Meta-analysis goes beyond the review by performing statistical analyses with combined data. Reading and evaluating meta-analyses assist the practicing nurse in learning the latest evidence-based practices for a given clinical problem.
Writing a critique of the available literature is conducting a literature review. Not all literature will be helpful in learning best practices for clinical problems.
Expert opinion papers do not necessarily discuss or provide evidence for best practices.
Writing a summary of the literature review may be very helpful, but it would be the review itself, not the actual writing of the review, that would be helpful.
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