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Nursing: Evidence-Based Practice Appraise Module

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Module 4: Appraise the evidence (Step 3)

This module presents tools & resources to help you evaluate the quality and relevance of scholarly articles (critical appraisal).

Which tool(s) you use will depend on your knowledge and skill level and on the type of evidence you wish to appraise.

Consult your professor(s) to see which tool is required for your course(s).

Basic Appraisal:




Intermediate Appraisal: Generic Worksheets



Advanced Appraisal: Worksheet by type of study




Patient Education & Consumer Health



Note: Completing the readings will help you use the tool(s).

Circle of seven arrows illustrating the 7-step Evidence Based Practice (EBP) model. The arrows form a circle around the image of three male human icons side by side and slightly overlapping. Black on a white ground. The first arrow at the top is pink and represents step 0: Cultivating curiosity. The second arrow towards the right is orange and represents step 1: Asking answerable questions.  The third arrow is yellow and represents step 2: Searching the evidence.  The fourth arrow is grey and represents step 3: Appraising the evidence. This level is highlighted. The fifth arrow is greyed out and represents step 4: Integrating evidence into practice. The sixth arrow is greyed out and represents step 5: Evaluating practice change. The seventh and last arrow is greyed out and represents step 6: Disseminating results of evaluation.


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Subjects: Nursing

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