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NURS362: Resources

Conducting Research

There are a variety of types of resources you can use in order to locate relevant research material. Determine what type of research (books, articles, reviews, case studies, videos) you require and then search the appropriate resource. If you are searching for books, search DELCAT Discovery). Searching for articles? Take a look at one of the databases listed below for nursing. Depending upon your research topic, it may be necessary for you to look in resources that are not nursing specific, but rather more general health or science based databases.

Evidence-Based Nursing - PICO

The evidence based nursing (EBN) serves to help professionals make informed decisions by learning from what others in the field are learning and researching.

Using these steps makes it easier to apply current quality evidence from research in clinical and healthcare decisions.

  • Formulate answerable clinical questions   
  • Search for the best evidence
  • Critically appraise the evidence
  • Integrate evidence into practice
  • Evaluate the results
  • Disseminate the evidence


A commonly used format for creating a clinical question is known as PICO which refers to:

=Patient population of interest

=Intervention/issue of interest

C =Comparison of interest

=Outcome of interest

Example: Among the elderly, can yoga help reduce accidental falls? 

P = Elderly

I = Yoga

C = Patients not doing yoga

O = Reducing accidental falls


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