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Research 101

Solid research and evidence are the backbone of quality nursing care. Unfortunately, many nurses—both seasoned veterans and novices—are unfamiliar with interpreting data and putting it to real-world clinical use. Our Research 101 articles provide user-friendly explanations, tips, and applications for the research you need to practice at the top of your profession. You’ll also find this information useful when you embark on your own research projects.

Nurse research and the institutional review board

Learn how the IRB process works to ensure participant safety and quality research. Takeaways: The institutional review board (IRB) process is intended to ensure study participant safety and high-quality research. Work with colleagues familiar with...
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Research 101: Descriptive statistics

Use these tools to analyze data vital to practice-improvement projects. By Brian Conner, PhD, RN, CNE and Emily Johnson, PhD Takeaways: Nurses at every level should be able to understand and apply basic statistical analyses related...

Research 101: Forest plots

Patient care decisions must be made based on the current best evidence, and nurses critically appraise many kinds of research designs and their associated statistical analyses to determine what they know about a clinical...

Differentiating research, evidence-based practice, and quality improvement

All nurses should know and understand the differences among these three concepts.

Are you confident about confidence intervals?

The confidence interval yields information on how confident researchers are about the success of a studied intervention.

Making sense of statistical power

Want to improve your ability to interpret research studies? Take a few minutes to read this overview of power analysis, probability, sample size, and related concepts.

The P value: What it really means

Using the P value to determine the best evidence.