EBP (Evidenced-Based Practice) uses research, clinical observation, and the most up-to-date information to make informed decisions in healthcare settings. EBP scholarly articles use research to analyze and discuss clinical practice, patient outcomes, and the work environment.
For quantitative studies the researchers are trying to measure something with as much precision and accuracy as possible. They will give statistical results, be objective, and may rely on larger randomly selected groups. They may use questionnaires and surveys as well, but are looking to specifically measure something.
Look for the words: Randomized Controlled Trials (RCTs), empiric(al) research, logistic regression models, prediction, etc.
When searching you may want to include the search terms “quantitative research” or “Randomized Controlled Trials”
For qualitative studies look out for surveys and interviews which examine people’s written/verbal responses, activities, and behaviors. They usually ask an open-ended question which cannot be precisely measured. Generally, analyses will not be examining exact statistical outcomes, but trying to “make-sense” of the results.
Look for the words: Interview, Outcome Assessment Methods, reflect, transcription, observation, questionnaire, self-perceived, narrative, etc.
When searching you may want to include the search terms “qualitative research” or “thematic analysis”
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