Comprehensive Systematic Review for Advanced Nursing Practice

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Comprehensive Systematic Review for Advanced Nursing Practice

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  • Cheryl Holly EdD, RN, FNAP
  • Susan Salmond EdD, RN, FAAN
  • Maria Saimbert PharmD, MLIS, MSN, RN

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Named a 2013 Doody's Core Title!

2012 Second Place AJN Book of the Year Award Winner in Advanced Practice Nursing!

"This book comprehensively and concisely examines the complexities related to asking clinical questions, searching for the evidence, appraising and summarizing the evidence, and getting evidence into practiceÖ I commend this book to health professionals who are seeking to do the best they can in health care."

--Alan Pearson, AM
The Joanna Briggs Institute
Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Adelaide

In an age of rapidly expanding knowledge, it is crucial for health professionals to stay abreast of the most current evidence-based information when making clinical decisions. This textbook is specifically designed to meet the objectives of the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) competency that relates to "Clinical Scholarship and Analytical Methods for Evidence-Based Practice." It provides the knowledge and skills necessary for DNP students, faculty and advanced practice nurses to conduct a comprehensive systematic review (CSR). The text sets forth a rigorous, step-by-step approach to the process of conducting a literature search, including both quantitative and qualitative studies, as well as "grey" literature. It describes how to extract and synthesize the most relevant data, how to integrate systematic reviews into practice, and how to disseminate the results.

The volume begins by addressing the basic concepts of systematic reviews and their relationship to clinical practice and policy, before delineating the systematic steps of this process along with the development of a systematic review proposal and clinical question. The book then describes how to find and select the best available evidence and explores specific types of systematic reviews, including experimental, observational, and economic evidence, and explores the current and future use of the process. End-of-chapter application exercises, questions for review, objectives, summary points, and references facilitate learning. Mastery of the CSR process and application of the resultant evidential summaries will be of utmost benefit to nursing practitioners seeking to provide care according to the most current evidence-based knowledge.

Key Features:

  • Tailored specifically for graduate nursing courses in evidence-based practice
  • Describes how to find and appraise relevant studies, including nonpublished "grey" literature and offers criteria for selecting or excluding studies
  • Guides readers through the process of searching the literature for evidence based on the review question
  • Explains how to integrate systematic review outcomes into practice
  • Compares CSR methods, review of literature, integrated review, and meta-studies

Product Details 

  • Publication Date September 12, 2011
  • Page Count 360
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826117786
  • EISBN 9780826117793

About The Author(s) 

Cheryl Holly, EdD, RN, ANEF, FNAP, is professor, associate dean, and co-director of the Northeast Institute of Evidence Synthesis and Translation at Rutgers School of Nursing, a Joanna Briggs Institute (JBI) Center of Excellence. She teaches DNP program courses in population health and implementation science, as well as works with DNP students in their capstone residency course and with BS honors students. Dr. Holly holds a BS in Nursing from Pace University, Leinhard School of Nursing, Pleasantville, New York; both an MEd in Adult Health and Physical Illness and an EdD in Research and Evaluation in Curriculum/Teaching from Columbia University. In addition, Dr. Holly has completed postgraduate work in Comprehensive Meta-Analysis and Advanced Meta-Analysis in the Statistics Institute. Among many other positions held, Dr. Holly previously was director of Nursing Research and Informatics at New York University Langone Medical Center in New York City, senior vice president of Quality Clinical Resource Management at the Westchester Medical Center, and associate dean, Columbia University School of Nursing. She is certified as a train-the-trainer in a comprehensive systematic review conducted by the JBI and has offered workshops on comprehensive systematic reviews across the United States. Dr. Holly is the coordinator of the Eastern Nursing Research Society's Research Interest Group on Comprehensive Systematic Review and Knowledge Translation, and she is a member of the Committee of Directors of the JBI of Nursing and Midwifery, the Evidence Translation Group, the Cochrane Nursing Care Field, the Cochrane Injuries Group, and the JBI Scientific Methodology Group on Umbrella Reviews. She serves as manuscript reviewer for several journals, including Nursing Outlook, Nursing Education Perspectives, American Journal of Nursing, and The International Journal of Evidence-Based Healthcare. She is also a founding member of the Implementation Science and Synthesis Network of the United States. Dr. Holly has been principal or co-principal investigator or project director of 10 funded research projects. She has published extensively and presented both nationally and internationally in the areas of evidence-based practice (EBP), systematic review (SR), knowledge translation, and critical care nursing. She is a fellow in the Academy of Nursing Education.

Susan Salmond, EdD, RN, FAAN, is executive vice dean, professor, a Distinguished Scholar and Fellow of the National Academies of Practice, and co-director of the Northeast Institute of Evidence Synthesis and Translation, a Joanna Briggs Institute (JBI) Center of Excellence, at Rutgers University School of Nursing, Newark, New Jersey. Dr. Salmond received a BSN from Villanova University, an MSN in Adult Health and Chronic Illness from Seton Hall University, and an EdD in Nursing Administration from Columbia University. She is certified in nursing administration, nursing education, and transcultural nursing. In addition, Dr. Salmond has completed postgraduate work in Comprehensive Meta-Analysis and Advanced Meta-Analysis in the Statistics Institute. She is certified as a train-the-trainer in a comprehensive systematic review conducted by the JBI and has offered workshops on comprehensive systematic review across the United States. She serves on the JBI scientific methodology committees for mixed methods and qualitative synthesis, and is a member of the Committee of Directors of the JBI for Nursing and Midwifery, the editorial board for the JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports, and the Cochrane Nursing Care Field. She is the research editor of Orthopedic Nursing and a member of the editorial board for the American Journal of Nursing. She has served as a research, educational, and clinical management consultant. Dr. Salmond has coauthored three editions of Orthopedic Nursing; authored two other books, numerous book chapters, and peer-reviewed journal articles. She is a highly sought-after conference presenter and workshop leader, both nationally and internationally, in the areas of cultural competence, qualitative research, evidence-based practice (EBP), and systematic review (SR). She is a founding member of the Implementation Science and Synthesis Network of the United States. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and the Academy of Nursing Education.

Maria Saimbert, PharmD, MLIS, MSN, RN, is a nursing (pediatrics) and pharmacy (acute care/community) professional, with research interests in medication management during transfer of patient care to health professionals/facilities; integration and use of electronic technologies to support evidence-based practice and life-long learning. Her educational background includes a Doctor of Pharmacy from University of Florida, Masters degrees in Nursing Informatics and Library and Information Science, both from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, and Bachelors degrees in Nursing and English Literature, both from Bloomfield College, Bloomfield, NJ. Dr. Saimbert has spent more than eight years working with health science students and clinicians, assisting in design of search strategies, navigation of online search resources, and management of literature for systematic reviews. She supports research librarians and information specialists in context as visible, co-reviewers on systematic review research, with accountability for influencing patient care through work on review search methods. She has published several refereed articles.

Table of Contents 

Part I - Introduction

    Chapter 1 Systematic Review as a Basis for Evidence Based Practice
    Chapter 2 Organizing and Planning a Systematic Review

Part II - A Framework for Conducting Systematic Reviews

    Chapter 3 Steps in the Systematic Review Process
    Chapter 4 Developing Clinical Questions for Systematic Review

Part III - Searching and Appraising the Literature

    Chapter 5 Key Principles for Searching Literature
    Chapter 6 Search Resources and Techniques to Maximize Search Efforts
    Chapter 7 Critical Appraisal

Part III -Methods for Systematic Reviews

    Chapter 8 Systematic Review of Experimental Evidence: Meta-Analysis of Interventions
    Chapter 9 Systematic Review of Observational Evidence
    Chapter 10 Systematic Review of Qualitative Evidence
    Chapter 11 Systematic Review of Economic Evidence

Part IV - Using Systematic Reviews in Practice

    Chapter 12 Clinical Guidelines: Using Systematic Reviews at the Point-of-Care
    Chapter 13 Formulating Evidence-Based Policy
    Chapter 14 Future Development of Systematic Reviews and Evidence-Based
    Chapter 15 Resources for Systematic Review