Evidence-Based Practice Learning Library

Evidence-Based Practice Learning Library

Evidence-based practice, also referred to as EBP, is the method of asking clinically relevant questions and then critically appraising and integrating findings into care delivery to improve patient outcomes.

EBP is a foundational principle that guides all work at ONS. Below is a sampling of evidence-based ONS resources along with external resources on EBP. We hope you can use these resources to support your EBP journey.

There are many EBP models and frameworks, but in general the steps include the following:

  1. Identify a problem and ask a clinical question (write a PICOT question to guide your literature search).
  2. Search for the evidence that addresses the question.
  3. Critically appraise the evidence, integrate with patient data/preferences and clinical expertise to make a practice decision or change.
  4. Integrate into practice.
  5. Evaluate the outcomes of the practice change.
  6. Disseminate your results.

ONS Evidence-Based Symptom Interventions

Find evidence-based symptom interventions for common cancer symptoms and side effects.

Evidence-Based Practice Tools

Evidence-Based Practice Levels of Evidence Categories

Spirit of Inquiry Worksheet

PICOT Worksheet

ONS Guidelines
Clinical practice guidelines provide evidence-based symptom management recommendations for patient care. Guidelines incorporate published research with expert consensus on the certainty of the evidence, the balance of benefits and harms and patient preferences and values. Created with rigorous methodology, the guideline recommendations can be utilized by nurses and other oncology health care professionals, patients, and policy makers with a goal of improving care for patients with cancer.

A How to Guide – Designing and Creating a Journal Club for Oncology Nurses

Evidence-Based Practice External Tools

Article: A guide to critical appraisal

MedlinePlus (for patients and their families and friends)  

PubMed database 

PubMed New and Noteworthy overviews of the improvements to the new PubMed 

PubMed user guide 

PubMed and Medline resources guide 

CITI Training

Links to EBP Models

Joanna Briggs Institute
The Joanna Briggs Institute is an international research organization that develops and delivers evidence-based information, software, education and training

Johns Hopkins Center for Evidence-based Practice
The Johns Hopkins Center for EBP includes education and resources to help you build EBP knowledge and skills.

Ohio State College of Nursing Helene Fuld Health Trust National Institute for Evidence-based Practice in Nursing and Healthcare
The Fuld Institute for EBP is a national resource for virtual training and dissemination of best practice to improve healthcare.

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