Week 2 | Using Research Results (17170-SP)

Photo of stethoscope, patient chart and pen.

Content Outline

  • Evidence based practice 
    • Focus: efficacy, safety, feasibility of the treatment, and how it affects other important outcomes.
  • Sources of Evidence
    • Types of studies: case reports, case series, cohort studies, clinical trials, multisite RCTs
  • Evaluating study designs
    • Masking 
    • Group similarities and differences 
    • Influence of other factors in care – did they affect outcome
  • Evaluating study results
    • Relative risk reduction 
    • Absolute risk reduction 
    • Number needed to treat 
    • Preciseness of results on treatment effect
  • Application of findings to individual practice 
  • Collecting data in practice 
    • Standardization of data collection 
    • Choice of outcome 
    • Systems for data aggregation 
    • Human subject issues 
  • Formal Research Generation 
    • Sponsored by commercial interests vs. institutional 
    • Establishing a formal research study 
  • Writing for Publication 
    • Where to start 
    • Options: case reports, poster presentations 
    • Manuscripts 

Objectives for Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course work the learner will be able to:

  1. Differentiate research utilization and generation. 
  2. Evaluate research studies critically. 
  3. Differentiate between controlled clinical evidence of wound care product efficacy and case studies describing product use. 
  4. Discuss the process of writing for publication. 

Additional Information

Course summary

JoAnne Whitney, PhD, RN, CWCN, FAAN
Certified Wound Care Nurse; Associate Dean for Research, Professor, Biobehavioral Nursing and Health System, University of Washington School of Nursing; Research Scientist, University of Washington Medicine/Harborview Medical Center, Seattle, WA

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