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Abstract Templates

Original Research 

  • The purpose of research is to generate new knowledge within the broader scientific community to produce knowledge that is generalizable beyond the study sample.
  • Research studies generally have tight controls for extraneous variables to provide confidence that outcomes occur as a result of defined intervention and not by chance.
  • Research is not rapid cycle and involves the use of resources that may vary according to scope of the study.
  • Original Research ExemplarsOriginal Research Template

Evidence Based Practice (EBP)

  • The purpose of EBP is to evaluate evidence along a continuum to identify the strongest or best evidence to guide nursing practice within an organizational setting and with a specific patient population.
  • EBP interventions are stricter and more prescriptive than QI protocols, yet they are not as strict as research protocols.
  • EBP data collection may not be rapid cycle and involves varying resources.
  • Evidence Based Practice Exemplars Evidence Based Practice Template

Quality Improvement (QI)

  • The purpose of QI is to improve internal processes and practices within a specific patient group or organization.
  • QI protocols are less formal and rigorous and may change throughout the course of a QI project.
  • Data collection in QI is usually rapid cycle and uses minimal to moderate time and resources.
  • Quality Improvement Exemplar  Quality Improvement Template

Source Reference
Shirey MR, Hauck SL, Embree JL, Kinner TJ, Schaar GL, Phillips LA, Ashby SR, Swenty CF, McCool IA. (2011) Showcasing differences between quality improvement, evidence-based practice, and research. The Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing. 42(2): 57-70.








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