Evidence-Based Practice Education Series: Battling Dr Google

Dr Leah Philips, Director of Research at the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta, and Melanie Neumeier, Assistant Professor at MacEwan University

Present a three-part video series to answer:

  • What constitutes evidence-based practice?
  • How do I determine the nature and extent of information I need?
  • How can I access evidence effectively and efficiently?
  • How do I evaluate the quality of evidence? 

Battling Dr Google: Information Literacy - Make Your Nursing Practice Better and Easier

This introductory video discusses the nature of evidence, and how evidence is used to inform our health care decisions. By the end of this video, participants will be able to: recognise clinical issues that require evidence; define the term evidence; discuss the rationale for why evidence is needed in practice, and identify multiple sources of evidence.

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Battling Dr Google: The Map to Evidence - How to Access and Evaluate Evidence

This second video guides participants through the maze of evidence and provides a road map for accessing evidence and evaluating its quality. By the end of this video, participants will be able to: differentiate between research articles, other types of scholarly articles, and non-scholarly articles; select information by articulating and applying criteria for evaluating both the information and its sources; practice retrieving scholarly articles from a variety of reliable sources.

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Battling Dr Google: Asking and Answering Clinical Questions - PICO That!

This final video guides participants through the process of transforming clinical issues into searchable questions to retrieve the evidence needed to address those problems. By the end of this video, participants will be able to: identify the components of a PICO question; create a PICO question based on a clinical issue; and discuss how to integrate evidence with clinical expertise, patient preferences and values, and health care resources to implement practice changes.

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These videos were shared with us by The College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta (www.clpna.com) which is the regulatory (licensing) organisation for licensed practical nurses in Alberta, Canada.

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