Evidence-Based Practice


February 2017 Vol. 15 (1)

October 2016 Vol. 16 (5)

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    ‘Chilling out’ the pain

    This edition’s Clinically Appraised Topic (CAT) asks whether a cold spray helps to ‘chill out’ the pain of inserting IV cannula.

August 2016 Vol. 16 (4)

June 2016 Vol. 16 (3)

April 2016 Vol 16 (2)

February 2016 Vol 16 (1)

October 2015 Vol 15 (5)

August 2015 Vol 15 (4)

June 2015 Vol 15 (3)

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    Early smoke signals mixed about e-cigarettes

    This edition’s critically appraised topic (CAT) looks at whether reaching for an e-cigarette has been proven to be more helpful to quitters than slapping on a nicotine patch.

April 2015 Vol 15 (2)

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    Nursing procedures - a one-stop online shop for half the country

    Keeping nursing procedures up to date can be a tedious and neverending task. For the past three years, however, the five Midland region DHBs have been using a ‘Kiwified’ online nursing procedure service that is shortly to go live across the South Island. FIONA CASSIE finds out more.

  • Delirium

    Teamwork to reduce risk of delirium

    This edition’s critically appraised topic (CAT) looks at how best to reduce the risk of delirium in elderly patients without turning to drugs.

February 2015 Vol 15 (1)

  • Pelvic floor

    Keeping leakage at bay

    Is one-off advice on pelvic floor exercises enough to keep urinary incontinence at bay? This edition’s critically appraised topic (CAT) looks at whether pelvic floor muscle training makes a difference.

December 2014 Vol 14 (6)

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    Smart steps – no selfie required

    Is a smartphone app more successful in increasing physical activity than setting goals? Step up and check out this edition's critically appraised topic (CAT). 

October 2014 Vol 14 (5)

August 2014 Vol 14 (4)

June 2014 Vol 14 (3)

March 2014 Vol 14 (1)

January 2014 Vol 13 (8)

November 2013 Vol 13 (7)

September 2013 Vol 13 (6)

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    Baby hopes and vitamins

    CLINICALLY APPRAISED TOPIC (CAT): Does taking vitamin supplements help women with fertility problems?

July 2013 Vol 13 (5)

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    Influenza Vaccine and Health Professionals

    Last year 46 per cent of district health board nurses got vaccinated against the flu – less than the 48 per cent average for all DHB heath workers. This article explores the debate around the value, ethics, and efficacy of health professionals getting the annual flu vaccination and looks at some of the statistics, research, and prevailing attitudes around the sometimes contentious topic.

  • baby and mother

    Keeping kids safer

    CLINICALLY APPRAISED TOPIC (CAT): What nursing-led intervention has been proven to help protect vulnerable Kiwi children?

April 2013 Vol 13 (4)

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    Wake up and smell the coffee

    CLINICALLY APPRAISED TOPIC (CAT): Is ‘prescribing’ a post-surgery long black good for the bowels as well as morale?

February 2013

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    Bed baths to beat bacteria

    CLINICALLY APPRAISED TOPIC (CAT): Does bathing patients with antiseptic cloths reduce bloodstream infections?

December 2012

November 2012

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    Prompts improve flu jab uptake

    Can use of reminder prompts to both the patient and the provider increase influenza vaccination rates amongst the elderly?

September 2012

July 2012

May 2012

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    Nurse's role in making research count in everyday practice

    RRR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT ARTICLE: There’s a rather wonderful and instructive irony in the celebration of International Nurses Day – the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth – with the theme for 2012 of ‘Closing the gap: From evidence to action(1). Nightingale represents anything but a gap between evidence and action. Described by her first biographer as a ‘passionate statistician' (2), she was not only a researcher and research user but also a designer of research graphics (3). Her successes in reforming military health services and standardising hospital statistics (3) are exemplars of how to use evidence to drive improvements in practice. In this learning activity, we’ll explore our contemporary responsibilities and opportunities for bringing evidence to everyday nursing decision-making and actions.

March 2012

October 2011

September 2011

November 2010 Vol 11 Issue 7

October 2010 Vol 11 issue 6

  • Oxygen no relief for breathlessness?

    This month’s clinically-appraised topic asks the question does prescribing oxygen offer relief to palliative care patients experiencing breathlessness?

July 2010

  • Smoking cessation

    The effectiveness of a medication to help quit smoking is examined in this edition’s clinically-appraised topic. 

June 2010

January 2010