New evidence is continuously surfacing in both the medial environment and nursing. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) advocates that health providers must incorporate the generation of new knowledge into their daily routines through evidence-based process (Dang & Dearholt, 2017). Findings from an extensive body of research supports that evidence-based practice (EBP) improves quality of care, patient experience and reduces per capita cost of healthcare.
Information from discovery research have enabled nurse scientists to develop new models and frameworks that improve quality of care. A number of nursing EBP models have been developed to understand the dynamics of EBP. According to Matney, Avant & Staggers (2016), forty-seven prominent EBP models can be identified in nursing literatures. For instance, listed among models grouped in EBP, Research Utilization, and Knowledge Transformation Process is the ACE Star Model of Knowledge Transformation. The framework design offers a comprehensive approach to translate research information into practice using a five-star points (Matney, Avant & Staggers, 2016). As such, the model can be used in my clinical support evidence-based recommendations in the form of clinical practice guidelines for better clinical outcomes.
Likewise, EBP research have assisted the enactment of community programs that achieve the Triple Aim in Healthcare. Many interventions that have been found to improve patient outcomes through research are not standard of care (Melnyk, 2016). Notably, the treatments have not been used in clinical settings throughout healthcare systems. A prime example, the Creating Opportunities for Parent Empowerment (COPE) Program for parents of preterm infants and critically ill children was not clinically adopted for neonatal and pediatric intensive care units (NICU) until 20 years later, despite the program assuring quality care (Melnyk, 2016). Data from the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR)on EBP later certified that COPE intervention as standard of care since it increased the length of stay in premature infants by 4 days.
In brief, understanding new evidence and implementing it in nursing practice improves healthcare. This is especially identified in EBP models.