Evidence-Based Practice

Development of a Radiation Skin Care Protocol and Algorithm Using the Iowa Model of Evidence-Based Practice

Kelli Bergstrom

Assessment, evidence-based medicine
CJON 2011, 15(6), 593-595. DOI: 10.1188/11.CJON.593-595

Limited evidence-based standards of care exist in the management of irradiated skin; therefore, the development of a skin care protocol is necessary to improve patient outcomes. This article describes the use of the Iowa Model of Evidence-Based Practice to Promote Quality Care as a framework to identify and validate current evidence. The resulting radiation therapy algorithm provided a succinct guideline for nurses to direct the prevention and management of skin damage secondary to radiation therapy, thus improving quality care.

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