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Overview | Responsibilities | 2015 Accomplishments | 20016 Goals | CG REBP Champions

Collaborative Governance

Advisory Committees

Committee on Diversity and Inclusion

Ethics in Clinical Practice


Patient Education

Patient Experience

Clinical Practice Committee

Quality and Safety

Research and Evidence-Based Practice



Current Work:

  1. On June 4th Elyse Levin-Russman, LICSW led a discussion on her article Parental experiences with a hospital-based bereavement program following the loss of a child to cancer. 


Accomplishments 2017

  • The committee hosted four “More Than Just a Journal Club” events in which MGH researchers discussed the lived experience of research and evidence based practice:
  • Ellen Robinson, RN, PhD, nurse ethicist presented her article, "After the DNR: Surrogates who Persist in Requesting Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation."
  • Amanda Coakley, RN, PhD, FNAP, AHN-BC, presented her article, “Exploring the Experience and Impact of Therapeutic Touch Treatments for Nurse Colleagues” as well as on evidence supporting the MGH pet therapy program.
  • Marian Jeffries, RN, CNS, FNP, CWS presented her article, "Evidence to Support the Use of Occlusive Dry Sterile Dressings for Chest Tubes."
  • Jeanne Dolan, RN, presented her manuscript, “Determinates of Physical Restraint Use in Surgical Intensive Care Unit Patients: An Exploratory Study of Nurses.”
  • The committee published two “Did You Know" posters that were distributed to PCS units:
    • Evidence Based Practice resources at MGH”
    • Preventing Sacral Pressure Injury with Prophylactic Foam Dressings.
  • Champions practiced using the Johns Hopkins tools to appraise research articles on communication and teaching strategies to promote evidence based practice at the unit and institutional level. Articles included:
    • “A systematic review on journal clubs for nurses”
    • “A Practical Communication Strategy to Improve Implementation of Evidence Based Practice”
    • Articles on hardwiring evidence based practice.
  • Champions also shared real life communication strategies that are used on their units to implement practice changes.
  • Champions spurred discussion on evidence based practice and research at the SAFER fair by engaging attendees with a “Pin the Drainage Bag on the Patient” game and an EBP music video.

Goals 2018

  • Produce at least two Did You Know Posters.

  • Hold at least two “More Than Just A Journal Club” events.

  • Hardwire evidence based practice as the decision-making framework for PCS by leveraging REBP champions.

  • Champions will learn and lead by exploring practice questions relevant to them and their coworkers. Champions will:

    • Formulate a PICO question by reflecting on their clinical practice.
    • Initiate a literature review and appraise evidence.
    • Synthesize, summarize, and decide between translating into practice or pursuing quality improvement/research.
    • Adapt and adjust as necessary.

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1st Monday monthly
1:00pm - 2:30pm
Conference Room, Blake 8

Committee Contacts:

Lisa Philpotts, MLS Treadwell Library

Christina Jewell, RN, Staff Nurse, EP Lab


Mary Susan Convery, LICSW, Social Work

Virginia Capasso, RN, Institute for Patient Care

Stacianne Goodridge

CG REBP Champions


The Patient Care Services Research and Evidence-based Practice Committee (REBP) exists to foster the spirit of inquiry around clinical practice. The committee supports nurses in the research utilization process and communicates the results of research activities. We believe that passion and purpose fueled by energizing forces builds great achievements.return to top


  • Foster a spirit of inquiry around clinical practice.
  • Promote awareness of evidence based practice.
  • Encourage and provide support for evidence based practice.
  • Engage in joint projects with other Collaborative Governance committees.
  • Align the work of the committee with PCS strategic goals. return to top


The “Did You Know” Poster Subcommittee generates posters about various important clinical topics. Potential authors may be nurses, social workers, occupational therapists, physical therapists, or any other member of the healthcare team. The DYK subcommittee supports authors in acquiring and evaluating evidence, as well as editing the posters. We work in conjunction with a graphic artist to create professional quality posters to disseminate valuable clinical information to over 70 locations throughout MGH, including clinics and health centers. For more information, or if you would like to author a DYK poster, please contact subcommittee co-chair Carolyn Bleiler ( return to top


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