Evidence-Based Nursing & Midwifery

This blog serves as a guide to the topic of Evidence-Based Nursing and Midwifery. It will point to good resources, learning and teaching materials etc for nurses and librarians associated with Evidence-Based Nursing and Midwifery

Friday, August 17, 2007

See this excellent blog post about using TRIP

This posting (click here) Top ten search tips for TRIP is really good, not to be missed.
Its on the Liberating the literature blog

It's been a while.. Take a TRIP?

My role changed when I moved from one job to another , but I have returned. I found this resource today so I have embedded a link on the blog.
The aims of the TRIP Database have remained the same since 1997 - allow health professionals to easily find the highest-quality material available on the web - to help support evidence based practice. The TRIP Database is produced by TRIP Database Ltd (for more information on TRIP Database Ltd see below).

Check out the TRIP web site for the excellent information about coverage or just use the search box

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

An early evidence-based review or Have you disinfected your books today?

In cleaning up my office I came across something I have had for a number of years. Its a Western novel, a genre I have never read. Why I bought it is because its got a bookplate from the "Hygienic Lending Library" in St. Peters, Adelaide. It was last borrowed in 1948 (I hope its not overdue!!) I have always assumed that hygienic libraries came about because of such concerns as tuberculosis etc.
Book plate from Hygienic Lending library
I did a bit of research and found this article in the Medical Journal of Australia from 2001
"Books as carriers of disease In the early years of bacteriology, librarians, microbiologists and public health physicians were much exercised by the question of whether books could transmit infectious diseases."which pointed me back to an evidenced-based review that appeared in 1912 in the Bulletin of the Medical Library Association

Friday, October 06, 2006

Not Nursing nor Midwifery, but a good link re Evidence based Practice

Evidence based practice: a survey of physiotherapists' current practice

This link above from a Canadian librarians blog, reporting on the work of a couple of Australian academics work:

"This very recent article by Ross Iles and Megan Davidson from School of Physiotherapy, La Trobe University, Australia, published in the very recent issue of Physiotherapy Research International (PHYSIOTHER RES INT), 2006; 11(2): 93-103, worked to investigate Australian physiotherapists' self-reported practice, skills and knowledge of evidence-based practice and to examine differences between recent and experienced graduates, physiotherapists with low and high levels of training and physiotherapists working in private practice and hospital settings."
Click on the link above to see more

Monday, September 04, 2006

Nursing Research show me the evidence

This is the title of another blog on this topic from California. To quote:

Nursing Research: Show me the evidence! at http://evidencebasednursing.blogspot.com/

The Saint Joseph Hospital(Orange, California) Nursing Research Blog will communicate the nursing research activities at SJO to staff. Communications may include, but are not restricted to, announcements of Nursing Grand Rounds, Nursing Journal Clubs, Nursing EBN classes, ongoing nursing research and relevant medical library announcements and news. Secondly, this blog will serve as an open discussion forum for nurses and librarians interested in evidenced based nursing.

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Western Australian Centre for Evidence Based Nursing and Midwifery (WACEBNM)

Western Australian Centre for Evidence Based Nursing and Midwifery (WACEBNM)
from the web page at Curtin University of Technology
Located at the School of Nursing and Midwifery, the Western Australian Centre for Evidence Based Nursing and Midwifery (WACEBNM) is associated with Curtin University of Technology, Princess Margaret Hospital for Children and King Edward Memorial Hospitals and is a collaborating centre for the Joanna Briggs Institute.

The WA Centre for Evidence Based Nursing and Midwifery undertakes a range of practice-oriented research activities to improve the effectiveness of nursing practice and health care outcomes, with a particular focus on the health of women and children. To achieve this aim, the Western Australian Centre for Evidence Based Nursing and Midwifery carries out a range of activities that focus on an evidence based approach to women and children's health by:

conducting systematic reviews and analyses of the research literature;
collaborating with expert researchers and clinicians to facilitate the development of Best Practice Information Sheets based on the systematic review of the research;
participating in the dissemination and implementation of Best Practice Information Sheets and evaluating their impact on nursing and midwifery practice;
promoting and delivering short courses in evidence based nursing and midwifery for nursing clinicians, nursing researchers, nursing managers and nursing teachers; and
contributing to cost effective health care through the promotion of evidence based nursing and midwifery practice.
Full details of current research activities can be found on the Centre's website at http://wacebnm.curtin.edu.au/index.html

Meeting in the USA

I have been asked to post the meeting notice.

Missions and Mountains: Believe and Achieve
October 14-17, 2006, Red Lion Hotel, Seattle, Washington, USA

Join us for a lively, informative and jam-packed meeting of the Western
Chapters of the Medical Library Association in Seattle, October 14-17,
2006. The meeting will be preceded by two days of continuing education
with seven courses ranging from measuring your impact, and evidence-based
practice to informatics, and licensing.

Patrice O'Donovan, Linfield College, and Dolores Judkins, OHSU will be teaching
Evidence-based Nursing on Sunday, October 15 from 8 a.m-noon

The early registration deadline for the October meeting is September 15th, so
don't delay!

Lisa Oberg and Gail Kouame
Program Co-Chairs

Pamela Corley

Western Chapters Planning Committee

Pamela M. Corley
Research Support Librarian
USC Norris Medical Library
2003 Zonal Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90089-9130
323-442-1125 fax: 323-221-1235

Saturday, August 26, 2006

Evidence-based medicine:Can you have too much of a good thing?

The above was a provocative title from an article by Michael Asby,Director of the Centre for Palliative Care, Melbourne University, based at St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne, that appeared in the July 2006 edition of HLA NEWS the National Newsletter of Health Libraries Australia, a group of the Australian Library and Information Association.
To quote from the summary:

"Professor Ashby contends that in this age of evidence-based medicine with its push for high level evidence, medicine cannot afford to ignore clinician experience. The author also provides some insight into the way in which instant global communication contributes to the advancement of
therapeutic interventions."

"The modern evidence-based medicine movement has tried to imbue the whole of medicine with a scientific evaluative approach to practice based on good quality studies and this is clearly correct. The pinnacle in the hierarchy of evidence for medical treatment is the randomised controlled trial (RCT), with appropriate blinding to remove bias. Manifestly all new drugs require rigorous testing, including RCTs. He cautions though "however, all good ideas have the potential to overshoot and become oppressive. Many questions and therapies will never be subjected to clinical trials, but will rise or fall on personal orlocal experience, and others are not amenable to study by RCT. In fact if we relied solely on RCT and other suitably elevated levels of evidence, then very little would change, and we would be faced with therapeutic paralysis. Whilst it seems without question that good quality trials should be designed, wherever possible and practicable, for important therapeutic questions, it is disastrous if clinical experience is trivialised or downgraded"
see the article at this link

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Childbirth Connection

Childbirth Connection is a USA national not-for-profit organization that uses research, education and advocacy to improve maternity care for all women and their families.This is link to the professional area of the site.

It has a good amount of evidence based material for midwifery including:
Evidence-Based Maternity Care Resource Directory
"Consult this growing compendium of judiciously chosen and regularly updated resources for essential help with understanding and practicing within an evidence-based framework"
Evidence Columns
"Four times a year, we highlight the most recent systematic reviews and evidence reports in the field and provide a brief commentory on evidence-based practice, and all columns from early 2003 onward are collected here."
"Systematic Reviews

This area provides details about and access to the systematic reviews that Childbirth Connection has commissioned, carried out, or collaborated in."
and even this useful resource:
">A Guide to Effective Care in Pregnancy and Childbirth
The online version of this acclaimed manual is available here by courtesy of its authors, and you can download all 50 chapters.