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Being research-savvy in acute care settings

In an often complicated system, nurses need to know what evidence can be trusted to improve practice in acute care

In an often complicated system, nurses need to know what evidence can be trusted to improve practice in acute care.

We are good at reinventing the wheel in older people’s nursing, where we often find ourselves struggling with the same practice issues regardless of care setting. Frequently, the starting point is to develop a local solution.

Solutions that work take account of the local context, but should also be based on what has worked elsewhere. And determining what has worked elsewhere has to be done by reference to a high standard for the quality of the evidence. But the trouble is that the quality of the evidence to guide older people’s nursing is patchy at best.

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All nurses also need to be research-savvy

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